I’ve been doing research trying to come up with a way to create two rings of 30 to 42 LEDS that I could create different animations on. The different animations (Night Rider, different chaser patterns, etc) could be controlled with a switch or series of switches. I’m looking to do this as simply as possible. I’m considering trying to do this by Charlieplexing with the Arduino Duemilanove or possibly the Arduino Mega if I need more pins.
I have very little programming experience but I do know how to use a soldering iron. Before I hurt myself even further trying to understand the Arduino programming language is this even possible?
If so what is the best way to learn to program the Arduino from nothing. I’ve looked at the information on the Reference page. While it does explain things I feel like I’m reading random chapters from a book out of order. Would all this make more sense to me if I actually got my hands on a board and played with sketches?
Is there an easier way to do what I’m looking for?
Thanks for your time and patience and any advice you might have.