Alex Glow
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Pixelboard: Skateboard Lighting with NeoPixels

Use Python to program some sweet ground-effect lighting animations for the Hackster Glowboard! Powered by the BBC Micro:bit. ✨

IntermediateFull instructions provided2 hours1,214

Things used in this project

Hardware components

BBC micro:bit board
BBC micro:bit board
×1
Adafruit NeoPixel Strip
×1
Adafruit 3.7v LiPo rechargeable battery
×1
Slide Switch
Slide Switch
×1

Software apps and online services

MakeCode
Microsoft MakeCode

Hand tools and fabrication machines

3D Printer (generic)
3D Printer (generic)

Story

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Schematics

Wiring (Fritzing file)

An editable file showing the wiring in detail.

Code

PixelBoard code – JavaScript

JavaScript
Paste this into the MakeCode editor – or open it at https://makecode.microbit.org/_HXW1jWPe0Hqv – then download the .hex file and drop it onto your Micro:bit USB flash device! Based on Adafruit's tutorial code: https://learn.adafruit.com/micro-bit-lesson-3-neopixels-with-micro-bit/software
let item: neopixel.Strip = null
let ring: neopixel.Strip = null
let index = 0
ring = neopixel.create(DigitalPin.P2, 12, NeoPixelMode.RGB)
item = neopixel.create(DigitalPin.P1, 8, NeoPixelMode.RGB)
basic.forever(function () {
    for (let index = 0; index <= 11; index++) {
        ring.setPixelColor(index, neopixel.colors(NeoPixelColors.Blue))
        ring.show()
        basic.pause(50)
        ring.setPixelColor(index, neopixel.rgb(16, 16, 16))
        ring.show()
    }
})
basic.forever(function () {
    for (let index = 0; index <= 7; index++) {
        item.setPixelColor(index, neopixel.colors(NeoPixelColors.Blue))
        item.show()
        basic.pause(50)
        item.setPixelColor(index, neopixel.rgb(16, 16, 16))
        item.show()
    }
})

Credits

Alex Glow

Alex Glow

6 projects • 978 followers
The Hackster team's resident Hardware Nerd. I like robots, music, EEG, wearables, and languages. FIRST Robotics kid.

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