Black Lives Matter - Action and Equality. ... Adafruit is open and shipping.

200 Button Wall with Light, Sound, and Interactive Effects! (Also a Tour of the Project Interior) | On View at @CarnegieSciCtr

Thanks to Doug for sending this in. This thing looks … and sounds … incredible! If you’re anywhere near Pittsburgh you can find it on display at the Carnegie Science Center. In the video below Doug gives a walkthrough of the button functions and the multitude of Arduinos and some Adafruit tech powering the exhibit. From the birch plywood framing to the electrical strip layout to the use of ribbons throughout, this thing is a stunning use of technology in a learning center.

Watch (and turn on your speakers for audio effects!):

Doug was kind enough to share some work-in-progress photos (below), along with a detailed list of everything that went into the build:

200X Arcade buttons
200X 12V LED lamps, that produce over 72 watts of light and heat!
1X 72″ massive power strip for 12V distribution.
180 Feet of Zip cord for power
1,800 Crimped on spade connectors.
52 interconnected wires.
56 remote terminated wire connections.
TOTAL: 1,908 wire terminations done by hand.
6X Arduino Uno’s
21X Arduino Nano’s
TOTAL: 27 Arduinos.
5X Adafruit Music maker MP3 shields.
203 Mp3 files. ( has a startup sequence sound and other non button related sounds. )
4X sheets of 4X8 Birtch plywood.
2X 4 channel DMX dimmer packs.
8X DMX strobe lights for lightning.
1X 8 Channel Relay bank
1X DMX Arduino shield.
1X Bubble machine.
1X water projector. ( For the sub. )
800 feet of CAT6 cable. ( For remote zones. )
5X Amplifiers.
6X Speakers.
5,400 Watts of power for the entire system. ( Including remote devices and lights. )
270 Screws.
500+ Zip-ties.
96 Feet of Ribbon cable.
The door alone has over 80lbs of electronics buttons, wire and wood in it.

We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @

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, 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.

Join 20,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Microphone protection

Electronics — Sizzlin’ Chip Test

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Make: The Rise of Python, CLUE, CircuitPython 6 and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — BLE Store Capacity Indicator, Aquarium Automation, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Virus Destroyer!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — NewProducts 8/6/2020 Feat. #Adafruit #ST25DV16K I2C #RFID #EEPROM #Breakout – STEMMA QT / Qwiic!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.