Thanks to Richard Albritton for sharing his awesome LARP tech project with us! Check out more info here.
Though I am not an avid LARPer, save the occasional 24 hour Zombie Nerf gun game, I have been working with a friend to add a bit of Tech into the weapons and artifacts that are commonly used. You may have seen the War Hammer project, but we wanted to try and make some more basic options that just add lighting and some feedback.
This was a good first application for the LEDiva chip that I have been designing. It is low power, easy to install, requires no programming, supports many colors as well as modes, has built-in hit detection using a vibration sensor, and rather inexpensive.
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – White 60 LED – WHITE: 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, its 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 white-colored flex PCB, which will be less visible against white-painted walls. Read more.
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