The Circuit Playground Bluefruit has all kinds of features built in, including NeoPixels, an accelerometer, two buttons, alligator-clip-friendly pads and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This project uses these features to create a wireless NeoPixel animation and color remote control using CircuitPython. CircuitPython is a version of Python designed to run on microcontrollers like the Circuit Playground Bluefruit.

You'll need two Circuit Playground Bluefruit (CPB) boards, an alligator-clip NeoPixel strip or two, and two batteries. You'll connect the NeoPixel strip(s) to the NeoPixel Animator CPB, and use the other as the Remote Control. This guide will show you how to connect everything up, and load the software onto the CPBs. It will walk you through using your Remote Control CPB to change the colors and animations running on the NeoPixels connected to the NeoPixel Animator CPB. Let's get started!

Parts

Circuit Playground Bluefruit - Bluetooth Low Energy

PRODUCT ID: 4333
Circuit Playground Bluefruit is our third board in the Circuit Playground series, another step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've...
$24.95
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Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip w/ Alligator Clips - 60 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 3811
Adding glowy color to your projects has never been easier: no more soldering or stripping wires, clip 'em on and glow! This Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip with Alligator...
$12.50
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Lithium Ion Battery Pack - 3.7V 6600mAh

PRODUCT ID: 353
Need a massive battery for your project? This lithium ion pack is made of 3 balanced 2200mAh cells for a total of 6600mA capacity! The cells are connected in parallel and spot-welded...
$29.50
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery with Short Cable - 3.7V 420mAh

PRODUCT ID: 4236
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$6.95
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Adafruit Circuit Playground Express or Bluefruit Enclosure

PRODUCT ID: 3915
We've got nice cases for many of our beloved boards, but the Circuit Playground Express and
$4.95
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Additional Items

You may also want to pick up the following:

  • zip ties - to secure the NeoPixel Strips, larger battery, and NeoPixel Animator CPB to your project
  • double-sided tape - to attach the smaller battery to the back of the Remote Control CPB

These items are optional, but come in super handy!

This guide was first published on Dec 14, 2019. It was last updated on Dec 14, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Jan 11, 2020.