I decided to make Christmas ornaments for my family using the Adafruit Neopixel ring (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1463), and I was wondering what are my options for a self contained chip set that can do a neopixel ring. I would prefer to have the microprocessor come complete without major soldering needed, as I am not that good at soldering (hey, I'm mostly a software guy).
While the Gemma, Trinket, or Digispark would work fine, I was wondering if there were cheaper boards for a quantity 6 order from a North American seller. I have an Uno R3 that I could use to do the programming for the chip.
I bricked my Trinket and Gemma, and so far I haven't been able to use the Adafruit bootloader restorer that runs on the Uno to restart them. Right now, I am somewhat down on those two boards, and may go for the digispark (which is $1 more).
I do have a hardware ISP on order to reset the trinket/gemma, but since it is on a slow boat from China, I don't expect to get it before we start thinking about sending the gifts out.