Are you feeling bored with your Raspberry Pi? Are you ready to command the very elemental forces of the universe, summoning and dismissing photons at will? Do you just want something interesting to hang in your living room, or a fancy project to post on facebook to show Denise that you’re doing just fine these days, thank you very much? Are you trapped in a computer simulation and whiling away the hours until you’re freed or deleted? If any or all of these describe you, then [announcer voice] Welcome!
This tutorial will show you how to assemble and set up a particle generator display using a Raspberry Pi 3 and some RGB matrix panels. It should take you between one and two hours, and the finished product will be approximately 30″x8″ (not including the Pi) and wall-mountable. It makes a pretty cool decoration for a living room, office, game room, or wherever else you want to put it.
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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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.