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:
I spent last night at the local maker shop using the laser cutter for a few projects, one of which was the eyes for my 00 helmet. Now that everything fits properly, I can start wiring everything together and working toward a finished version! Now it’s getting really exciting!!! • #secretproject #customhelmet #custommask #helmet #mask #lasercut #cosplay #costume #props #propbuilding #propmaking #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #machine56