‘Parking Buddy’ is a Visual Warning System for Your Garage #Arduino

Great, simple project from shiftline over at Instructables – the 24-LED NeoPixel ring goes from green through yellow to red and eventually flashes all-red as your car comes into the garage and should proceed no further. This quick video demos the project in action:

Have you ever wanted a high tech parking assistant? Its time to put away your hanging tennis ball and get into the 21st century with an electronic parking buddy. This project uses an ultrasonic sensor and a nexopixel ring to light up and complete the ring as your get closer to the sensor.. When you are at your maximum distance (closeness) the ring will be full, (fades from green to yellow.. If you get to close it will flash red to warn you your in panic mode!

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