Use a string of diffused pixels and a push button to create a new take on a jack-o-lantern sure to entertain trick-or-treaters and guests at your next Halloween party.
This is a great beginner project if you're new to soldering or microcontrollers. You can use a real pumpkin (aka "cucurbita pepo") or a fake foam pumpkin (aka a "funkin") to create a reusable and unique piece of decor.
I used an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE board to drive the 3-pin pixels on my Jack-o'-LED·trix this year. The example code will compile on a number of different boards, including the following:
For this project you will need:
- Pumpkin or Funkin
- Multi-Colored Heat Shrink
- Hook-up Wire - 22AWG Solid Core
- Half-size breadboard
- Knife or pumpkin carving tools
- Drill + drill bits (1/8", 1/4", 7/16" & 1/2")
- USB cable - for programming your board & charging your battery
- Soldering station: