We made a weatherstation and clock using your blue Adafruit Mini 8×8 LED Matrix w/I2CBackpack and an Arduino MKR1000. Displays date, time, temperature, humidity and weather icons like a sun. Also has icons for special event days like birthdays. all in a 3D printed box! Via the Soldering station
This project uses the MKR1000 to connect to the internet and get time and weather. You will need WiFi. It displays time and weather on the 8×8 led display. We use icons to display general weather such as sunny, cloudy, rainy, night and use special icons for special events.
Special events include things like Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries etc. These are only displayed on the actual day. We have enclosed the project inside a 3d printed box with a removable lid.
To start off, collect your parts. Now, you could solder the connector wire directly to the MKR1000 but we added headers as we wanted to test it on a breadboard first.
Step One: Add Headers To MKR1000
So, the first thing is to solder headers on the MKR1000. We used a total of 12 headers in groups of 4. As we already had 4 piece headers.
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