October 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
This is going to be an introduction to LPD8806 based strips and ambitiously transition to a mini demo on how to migrate projects off Arduino (and clones) for size and cost reasons. Gotta free it up for the next project!
- LED strip theory of operation, hookups, gotchas
- Install LPD8806 Arduino library,
- working with a short strip
- working with a long strip (memory, power issues)
- other people's code (beltkit variants)
(break for triumphant blinking, retinal recovery)
- migrating off Arduino to a bare bones ATMEGA328 and support parts
- smaller Atmel chips discussed/demo'd as time permits
As in part one, a laptop and some flavor of Arduino or clone are useful. Protoboards are good if you have them.
We will have some lovely (and locally produced!) LeOlympia boards for sale and a loaner clone or three. This is going to be fairly "on rails" with programming limited to modifying course code and extant examples.
Cost: FREE for members, $10 for general public
Materials note: some short strips of programmable LEDs will be used in class; longer strips will be available for sale for less than they cost on Adafruit and elsewhere. Barebones Arduino parts also available cheap, with free bootloader programming.