How do you make a pair of Macetech RGB Neopixel LED Shades even better? Custom hardware, sensors, and bluetooth from Adafruit of course! Read on to learn how to turn a pair of "Hacker Edition" Macetech Shades into fully controllable "smart shades" with the Adafruit Bluefruit app for iOS and Android and some clever Arduino programming!
Before starting this guide, I recommend that you look through the guide on controlling neopixels over bluetooth found here as this project will expand on this basic principle.
For this project you will need a soldering iron, solder, edge cutters, wire strippers, and tweezers; a basic electronics hacker tool kit.
One thing you really can't skimp on is a good pair of wire strippers, these are the best balance of price and quality from Hakko, a very good buy
Fine tip curved tweezers, perfect for guiding wires accurately into place for soldering and keeping fingers away from very hot things.
With these tools gathered, we can move on to parts and modifying the LED Shades!