New Guide: Upcycled Vertical Garden + NeoPixels + Weather Data Visualization #adafruit
Check out this new DIY tutorial from Erin St Blaine: Build an upcycled vertical garden using preserved moss to bring the beauty of nature inside your home or apartment. We think this would also make great corporate lobby artwork!
Light it up like a pro with a NeoPixel strip to illuminate your plants in style. Erin has even taken it a step further with the CLUE microcontroller. Its onboard sensors take local weather data and map it to the pixels in real time as colored animations. This artwork can help you predict the weather at a glance. So cool. From the guide:
The CLUE microcontroller is a powerful little board. In this project, we’ve used it to power a NeoPixel strip installed in a frame around a vertical moss garden.
The CLUE does a great job of lighting the plants artfully, and we’ve taken it a step further by incorporating data from the CLUE’s onboard weather sensors. This vertical garden functions as a barometer or thermometer, showing colors based on the current and recent air pressure or temperature. Five different light zones show you at a glance whether the air pressure is rising or falling, turning the art piece into a functional barometer.
This lovely vertical moss garden predicts the weather. It’s art with a superpower! That’s pretty neat.
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