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NEW GUIDE: Jack-o’-LED-trix, a NeoPixel Matrix Pumpkin #AdafruitLearningSystem @adafruit

A new guide in the Adafruit Learning System: The Jack-o’-LED-trix is a matrix of smart LEDs built into a pumpkin for all kinds of Halloween fun!

Use a string of diffused pixels and a push button to create a new take on a jack-o-lantern sure to entertain trick-or-treaters and guests at your next Halloween party.

This is a great beginner project if you’re new to soldering or microcontrollers. You can use a real pumpkin (aka “cucurbita pepo”) or a fake foam pumpkin (aka a “funkin”) to create a reusable and unique piece of decor.

See this new guide here!


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