The holidays are that time of the year where every maker creates some LED projects to decorate Christmas trees and add a tad bit of geekiness to it. Keeping the tradition on, this year I decided to build an IoT-ized LED star to place on top of my christmas tree as a jewel and control it from a webUI – change its colors, shuffle effects, maybe also make it react to ambient music and so on.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Custom IoT-controlled LEDs are cool all-year round, so use this guide to learn how to interface with balena devices using AdafruitIO gear with any of your 2022 projects. 🙂
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