I'm very happy to post my very first completed Arduino project. I've never blogged online a DIY project before, so please let me know if I'm missing any info, or if there are some details you'd like posted online.
I've made two of these, essentially battery powered RGB-LED light bars, that are used as large batons to twirl around the body and dance with. I usually use batons with fire, but these are for indoors use and in clubs. Please click on the link for more info.
Details of note:
- Uses Arduino Pro Mini
- Modified PWM speed to 32kHz
- Uses magnetic reed switches
- 20mm wide, 1m-long PCB!
- 60 RGB LEDs per baton
- Uses Bodhilabs 1.2V > 3.3V boost battery pack
- Colour sequences can be programmed in from any image file: workflow as follows:
- Design colour sequence in photoshop/image editing software, save as .gif
- Processing program scans through top row of pixels of image, exporting RGB colour data of each pixel. Each pixel's colour can last a specifiable amount of time, e.g. 5ms. Data output as text file.
- Text in file can be pasted as a function into Arduino code
- Glowstaff now steps through pixel colour data from photoshop. Voila!
- Patterns can be manually programmed by used functions:
- Interrupts used to monitor user input from reed switch.
A MASSIVE thankyou to everyone on these forums - you've been so helpful, supporting and kind in answering my questions and supporting my design. Yay I'm so happy! Let me know what you think!
EDIT: OK one photo: (click on link above for more, and build details!)