HackSpace Magazine Issue 30 – Fire-jar animation #NeoPixels #Feather @HackSpaceMag @cogliano

HackSpace Magazine Issue 30 features Dan Cogliano’s realistic fire-jar animations.

There’s a lot of magic that can happen in a Mason jar. Just think of children or your own childhood memories of collecting fireflies and other insects and putting them in a jar. The display of fire in a jar can be just as magical for both adults and children. This tutorial shows how to use an Adafruit Feather running an Arduino sketch and an Adafruit 8×8 NeoPixel NeoMatrix to simulate fire. Put all of this in a jar and you’ll have something magical to cherish.

The illusion of fire is created using an Adafruit Feather, an Adafruit 8×8 NeoPixel NeoMatrix, and a wide-mouth Mason jar. The inner diameter of a wide-mouth Mason jar is slightly larger than the Adafruit NeoPixel NeoMatrix, allowing the board to just fit inside the jar (Note: the NeoMatrix is too large to fit in a regular-size Mason jar).

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