Issue 16 — HackSpace magazine – Controlling Your LEDs with Fadecandy #Fadecandy #NeoPixels @HackSpaceMag @scanlime
Learning to control your LEDs with the Fadecandy board – HackSpace Magazine 16
So, you’ve now got your LEDs, whether that’s as individual components, or amassed on a strip or matrix, and you need to control them. There are innumerable ways of doing this with modern hardware, and each method lends itself to different graphical styles. One of the most powerful is the FadeCandy board, developed in partnership by Micah Scott (aka ScanLime) and Adafruit.
There are a couple of things that we think make this board special. The first is that it manages to achieve far more dynamic resolution than other boards by using dithering, and the second is that it uses linear interpolation to achieve a smooth transition between frames. These sound technical, but everything is handled behind the scenes and you get great-looking LED projects easily.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.
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