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How to Make an Animator Gadget for NeoPixels #Arduino

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Fun instructable from markk7:

Set colors, animation speed, choose your animation and more – all from an onboard menu system.

This guide shows how to make a five-input helper-gadget for designing animations on NeoPixels. A digital readout shows RGB values and other data. It allows you to select from a collection of animations and fine tune them for color, speed, direction or any other variable you program for.

Techniques for repurposing and decorating a scavenged case are also shown. The basics of coding a simple menu-driven selection system is demonstrated. And the advantages of a modular, tabbed approach to coding in the Arduino IDE are discussed.

Who Is This For

This is an advanced beginners project. The provided sample code should be ready to load-and-run. But to modify it you should be familiar with for-loops, functions, the case-statement and controlling NeoPixels with Adafruits library.

If you have several breadboards filled with switches and pots always sitting around, and you swap them between test projects, you might benefit by making this permanent version.

If you are a visual designer and crafter, you might find this useful for determining colors and patterns before embedding the NeoPixels into your final project.

Full tutorial


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