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:
- An AdaFruit ItsyBitsy M4 Express (a tiny single board computer)
- Two AdaFruit NeoPixel Jewels for the eyes
- Patch wires
- A 400 pin solderless breadboard from Amazon (one of a box of 6)
The circuit is very simple:
Power comes from the USB, which also acts as the data connection to the computer for programming the board.Continue reading