With December finally here, you might be thinking of a cool way to incorporate the holiday season into your next project. This synchronized LED display shared by CarlS on instructables is great inspiration!
I had some wireless LED bars that I thought I could put out for the holidays. But, in my yard, they could also just as well have been wired. So, what is the cooler challenge? LED decorations at all the houses on my block with a synchronized display! In this crazy year, it’s a way to connect us together.
These are ESP8266 powered LED strands, and they are WiFi mesh connected, so they all show the same step in the animation sequence at the same time. Since they use mesh code to connect, they can be a few houses apart, and the messages are passed along from node to node.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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