We designed this project to demonstrate how to use the digital LED strip, how to use our Atmega32u4 breakout board with the Arduino IDE and how to make a portable battery powered project that runs off of AAs. This project is not too difficult, and can be finished in a day. Some soldering experience is good since 'free wire' soldering is a little more difficult than soldering to a PCB, but even beginners should be able to manage. We don't include a tutorial on using the Arduino IDE so its good if you've played around with the Arduino already.
You'll need some very common electronics tools to make this project
- A soldering iron and solder
- Wire cutters and wire stripper (or a tool that does both)
- Heat source like a heat gun, hairdryer, or lighter
- Any kind of pliers
- A 3rd hand tool or panavise or some other way to keep your work steady
- A basic multimeter can be handy