NeoMickey: Mickey/Minnie Mouse Ears with Adafruit NeoPixels #WearableWednesday
Check out these adorable Mickey/Minnie Mouse ears from Adafruit customer Brian! Full write up here.
I made these ears for my recent trip to Disneyland with my girlfriend. My pair glows blue while her pair glows pink and also have the Minnie Mouse polka dot bow.
This will guide you through the basics of constructing these ears for yourself. Keep in mind this is just how I did it and you are always free to do it better. The batteries lasted for about 8 hours of continual use when using brand new AAA batteries, and about 4 hours using rechargeable AAA batteries.
The twinkle code I used for the inner neopixel strips was written by Balázs Suhajda found on Github here.
FLORA – Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible – v2: FLORA is Adafruit’s fully-featured wearable electronics platform. It’s a round, sewable, Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed to empower amazing wearables projects. Read more.
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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