Planning to incorporate NeoPixels into portable, wearable or cosplay projects? The way NeoPixel power needs are usually estimated, you might think you’ll have to carry around a car battery or a Mr. Fusion reactor. With some foresight, it’s possible to put on an impressive display — and run it for hours — from modest power sources.
The key to making this work is to approach the problem from the other direction: not how-much-battery, but how-little-NeoPixel can you get away with? Thoughtful design in layout, color selection and animation patterns make an enormous difference in power requirements.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.