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We posted about the GIF-playing LED top hat by Matthew Varas a while back – he has a separate post over here on Imgur with lots and lots more photos (and some video) that shows sequentially how the project was put together (spoiler: hot glue, “LOTS of hot glue”!).
Here is the promised write-up on the making of my LED top hat. It’s not a formal how-to, but should be enough to get someone else on track to duplicate and improve on it. Original post: https://imgur.com/gallery/6iKDv Imgur doesn’t like the links I’ve tried to post to products or code, but you can find a link to all the code in the description of the full Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuri_0L1-YY This project was inspired by the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition. I’m a mentor for a team and wanted to bring something exciting that also demonstrated the fun that can be had with engineering skills. The theme for the competition is 8-bit gaming, so I figured a low-resolution display would fit the bill. The hardware was built over the course of four or five evenings and the software took me about ten days of on and off fiddling to get worked out.
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