Make the Blinky Electronics

Controlling the NeoPixel ring's individual LEDs from the GEMMA is quite simple. Since the NeoPixels are individually addressable, the only connections needed between the ring and the GEMMA are for voltage, ground, and control signal. That's just three wires!

 

 

This guide was written for the Gemma v2 board. The pins used are the same for the Gemma M0. We recommend the Gemma M0 as it is easier to use and is more compatible with modern computers!

Cut three short lengths of wire (enamel covered motor wire is used here, but you can use any type that you have handy). Strip a bit off their ends, then solder these connections:

  • GEMMA GND -> NeoPixel Gnd
  • GEMMA Vout -> NeoPixel Vcc
  • GEMMA D0 -> NeoPixel IN

Once sodering is completed, bend and tuck the wiring so that the GEMMA fits neatly inside the NeoPixel ring.

This guide was first published on Dec 22, 2015. It was last updated on Dec 22, 2015. This page (Make the Blinky Electronics) was last updated on Dec 22, 2019.