When my seven-year-old daughter got a look at the LED strip I was testing for a project, she instantly started to think of other things we could make. She’s very happy with the result.
This dazzling headband uses a 15-LED portion of a 60-LEDs-per-meter NeoPixel Strip from Adafruit. The strip is controlled by an Arduino-compatible Trinket micro controller (also from Adafruit) and powered by a 150 mAh lithium polymer battery. (Yes, also from Adafruit. Starting to see a pattern?*)
Our circuit design uses the LED strip as a power bus, allowing us to attach the Trinket to one side and the battery to the other. Although this approach requires a little more soldering, it produces a slimmer, more balanced product.
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – Black 60 LED – 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! You wanted twice the LEDs? We got it (well, it’s 1.875 times as many but that’s within a margin of error). You wanted thinner strips? Now only 12.5 mm wide, 10 mm if you remove the strip from the casing. You wanted less noticeable strip color – this strip has black-colored flex PCB, which will be less visible against black-painted walls. This is the strip with black flex PCB, it’s identical to the white 60 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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