We'll have to install a version of the Arduino IDE called Teensyduino and our LED strip library, so we can program the controller chip.
If you're running Windows, you can just download this ready-to-go zip package. Uncompress it and inside will be an Arduino IDE
If you're running Mac OS X, you can just download this ready-to-go dmg package. Uncompress it and inside will be an Arduino IDE
Download and install whichever matches your setup. Uncompress it onto your desktop or where ever you want to store the IDE folder. This will take a while so we'll wait here for you.
OK welcome back! Now you will install the 'library' for the Digital LED strip. Visit our github repository and click on the Downloads button in the middle of the screen to download a zip of the library and examples. Uncompress the folder and rename it LPD8806 make sure that inside that folder is the .cpp and .h files. Then copy it to your arduinosketchfolder/libraries folder. You may have to create the arduinosketchfolder/libraries if it doesn't exist yet. See our tutorial for more details.
Restart the downloaded Arduino software. You should see a new example folder called LPD8806 and inside, an example called LEDbeltKit. Open up the LEDbeltKit example.
Be sure to select Atmega32u4 breakout in the Board menu. Also select the Serial Port that is made when you plug in the Atmega32u4 board to USB.