Triple Helix art installation using Adafruit parts #ArtTuesday
Thanks to Ryan for sending in his cool double helix art project! He writes:
Just sending over a cool project I have put together using knowledge gained from Adafruit, Instructables, Scanlime, and my own programming and building experience.
It’s name is Trilix (“Try – Lix” like triple helix), and the structure is three steel spiral bent rods affixed to two wood panels that are stained and poly’d. Attaching the two wood panels is another stained and poly’d wooden dowel in the center. It is placed on a stool to make it more at eye level and allows the electronics to be hidden underneath.
Trilix uses a Raspi to control Neopixel strips via Fadecandy controller. Python script is used on the Pi to make the system not need a computer and the script will autostart on startup. Uses python library to work with TouchOSC to allow for a headless wireless-n communication (which can work from about 400 ft away with a clear shot to the Pi from the remote).
Thank you for all the fun and help along the way! More being added to it in the coming weeks.
FadeCandy – Dithering USB-Controlled Driver for NeoPixels: A new collaboration between Adafruit & Micah from Scanlime, we are excited to introduce Fadecandy, a NeoPixel driver with built in dithering, that can be controlled over USB. Fadecandy is not just hardware! It is a kit of both hardware and software parts that make LED art projects easier to build and better-looking so sculptors and makers and multimedia artists can concentrate on beautiful things instead of reinventing the wheel. It’s an easy way to get started and an advanced tool for professionals. Read more.
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – Black 30 LED – 1m – BLACK: You thought it couldn’t get better than our world-famous 32-LED-per-meter Digital LED strip but we will prove you wrong! These NeoPixel strips have 30 digitally-addressable pixel LEDs per meter and are very affordable and are only 12.5 mm wide, 10 mm if you remove the strip from the casing. This is the strip with black flex PCB, its identical to the white 30 LED/meter except it has a different color mask on the flex strip. Read more.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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