Exploring NeoPixels: Everything You Need To Know (08)

Exploring NeoPixels: Everything You Need To Know (08)

NeoPixels: Building A Project From Scratch

Welcome back!  Natasha here. :)  

This is the eighth of 10 blog posts featuring each video in my "Creative LEDs" series on animating LEDs with micro:bit and Make Code.   

If you've just stumbled upon this post, start from the beginning here.   

To start coding in Make Code, check out this post (if you haven't already.)

This video is a deep dive into creating projects with NeoPixel LEDs - what to buy, the different form factors that they come in, and how to put them together.

Watch it now:

In this video, I define what a NeoPixel is (a brand name of WS2812B or similar LEDs), then share some common properties of all NeoPixels, and how they are addressed.

Then, I share some tips for how to connect NeoPixels to microcontrollers and show a brief overview of how to solder NeoPixels to create your own custom pixel arrangements. 

Next, I share examples of the many types of NeoPixel strips, waterproofing options, circuit board pixels, and NeoPixel strings. 

And finally, I show many examples of great NeoPixel builds from across the Maker Community. When you have a moment, check out the builds by these makers:

What will you make?

I hope this video inspires you to build a project beyond the example Light-Up Helmet project. What ideas do you have?

Comment below with details, or join the Discord channel to share your questions, concerns and especially your successful builds. See you there!

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