Halloween may be over, but cosplay season is year-round! We are so pleased to carry these two books by Svetlana Quindt aka @KamuiCosplay, and we’re tickled pink by the shoutout she gives to Adafruit and our Trinkets.
Svetlana Quindt (best known as @KamuiCosplay) is an accomplished cosplayer and author from Germany who uses her powers for the greater good, endowing the cosplay community with LED knowledge! Her guides are chock full of infectious enthusiasm and adorable Corgis, making it very easy for anyone to shine.
She puts it best:
“Note that this book is written for cosplayers. Or better, it’s written for myself five years ago when I was scared of electronics and LEDs. This is not a full blown book on electronics theory; we’re just going to use the basics (and trust me, anyone can learn them — I did, and you can, too!). I promise to explain everything you need to know to turn your costume into a radiant pillar of light – not more or less. If you want to learn electrical engineering, grab a book about that!I I just try to keep it simple, helpful, and inspiring! So here we go!”
You’ll get easy step-by-step guides with gorgeous photograph examples, tutorials, and explanations for the following:
Introduction to LEDs
Serial and Parallel Connections
Calculating Battery Lifespan
Required Tools and Materials
Molding and Casting Resin Gemstones with LEDs
Building Glowing Acrylic Spheres
Lighting up Plexiglas
no need to calculate anything – just pick a pre-arranged circuit and start soldering!
In this volume you’ll learn everything about working with animated Digital RGB LED strips (a.k.a. NeoPixels) and how to create mesmerizing light effects for your props and cosplays. Choosing the right materials, soldering microcontroller circuits, ‘programming’ your very first LED strip and building it into your costume – every step from start to finish! While Svetlana’s instructions are explained as simply as possible, please note that this is an advanced book. So if you don’t know what volt is or how to solder two cables together, go check out the first volume!
You’ll get easy step-by-step guides with gorgeous photograph examples, tutorials, and explanations for the following points:
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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.