We are absolutely blown away by this spectacular build from Dawn DuPriest! Stunning, fun, and creative work.
I have tried to make a musical, light-up Ugly Christmas Sweater each year since 2013 – the only year I skipped was 2021! For this year’s sweater, I found a cute Among Us design that made me think I could turn it into a game. Among Us isn’t as popular as a video game as it was in its heyday, but it’s still a popular meme, and as a middle school teacher, I can verify that young teenagers still think Among Us characters are cute and funny.
I chose an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE as my microcontroller. I love it because it’s tiny, has many stackable FeatherWing accessories, and the BLE functionality is so easy to use. However, it has a very small amount of storage, meaning I had to write lightweight code that didn’t include all the functionality I hoped to include! I wanted to also have a Neopixel matrix attached that would show messages such as “Blue is not the imposter”. However, if I included the libraries for Neopixels, the Neopixel Matrix, the Bluetooth Low Energy, and the Music Maker, I ran out of storage in my Feather microcontroller. I had to eliminate the matrix and write a very tiny program.
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