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Prop-Maker Diving into the World of Arduino and NeoPixel LEDs | #cosplay #DragonCon


 
Video of prop-maker DoubleZeroFX diving into the world of Arduino and NeoPixel LEDs. They say, “this was breeze to set up” – I think it’s amazing (and wonderful) how far we’ve come with open-source tech and how it inspires and empowers people to make the world around them more interesting (and in this case lit up with NeoPixels!).

This weekend I knocked a few items off my DragonCon to-do list, and now it looks like a pretty reasonable list. One of those things was to set up and program the Arduino-controlled lighting for my Vah Rudania Divine Helm! With the exception of some troubleshooting I had to do regarding the Arduino IDE software, this was breeze to set up.

I used Kamui Cosplay’s Advanced Cosplay Lighting book as a guide for all this. It was such an easy-to-follow book, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in adding animated lighting to their projects. This lighting setup is almost identical to her Fallout 4 Gauze Rifle, except with alternate colors and timing (which she has an example in her book, complete with coding). When I install it, the strip will be cut up and spliced with more wire. By the initial set up and coding was the important part to figure out. I’m glad I got it done this weekend!

This setup uses an Arduino Pro Trinket, a Powerboost 500c, a 3.7V lithium ion battery, 2 meters of RGB LED NeoPixel strip, and four Flora RGB NeoPixels, and all the parts are from Adafruit Industries.

I’m also looking forward to seeing this project develop:




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