As part of the mission to build out some hardware for sound & light shows at Halloween (yes, I know it is only a few days away; my kids keep reminding me), and Christmas, I picked up an ESPixelStick from Amazon. These come fully assembled, but unprogrammed. How hard can that be I thought?
I will comment that it would have been nice to have some documentation, or at least a pointer to an up to date website in the bag with the board…
A couple of years ago I picked up two plastic skull decorations in the post-halloween sales. Once I got them home, it occurred to me that they could become an interesting project. Adding some lights to their eyes with some fun effects was the plan. It has taken me a while to get time to do this, but I finally pulled all the parts together and modified the basic plastic skull with some LED eyes.
The parts, in addition to the skull of course, are as follows:
The circuit is very simple:
Power comes from the USB, which also acts as the data connection to the computer for programming the board.