Light cubes - Arduino, Adafruit NeoPixel and MakerBeam

Light cubes - Arduino, Adafruit NeoPixel and MakerBeam

Timothy sent us a blog post with all the details of his project. In his project he uses MakerBeam to combine arduino and 8×8 Neopixel matrices by Adafruit. In his blog post, Art, Electrons and Computation, you can read more about his MakerBeam project. Also he added some great pictures that show his building process.

You can read his blog post here:

He describes the building process in full. Also you can see more pictures there. Below we just put in a few.

 Timothy3 08 adafruit neopixel 8x8 with MakerBeam

Timothy3 12 adafruit neopixel 8x8 4x sideways

Timothy3 09 adafruit neopixel 8x8 4x

Timothy3 15 a look inside almost finished

Timothy3 03 finsihed from above


This post was also posted on our blog: MakerBeam - Think Build Enjoy More pictures were added there.









  1. timothy³ timothy³

    Thanks for putting this up here, Makerbeam guys!

    I'm looking for programmers to code patterns and designs for the cube - I've made a few demo cycles, but am not an expert in writing code for Neopixels (WS2182) LEDS.

    Anyone interested in helping out?

  2. Tim Allan Tim Allan

    Continuing to improve the build and capabilities.

    Now possible to set colour and patterns via a smartphone app, which communicates with the 32u4 microcontroller via Bluetooth LE.

    Power is now via 5V switching power supply, at either 4 or 10 amps. The mains power charges a 3.7V 3200mAh Lipoly battery, and is hot swappable. Using an Adafruit Powerboost 1000 to handle both charging and voltage conversion to 5.2V to power both the microcontroller and the 6 Adafruit LED matrices.

    "With a built-in load-sharing battery charger circuit, you'll be able to keep your power-hungry project running even while recharging the battery! This little DC/DC boost converter module can be powered by any 3.7V LiIon/LiPoly battery, and convert the battery output to 5.2V DC for running your 5V projects."

    Looking for collaboration in programming patterns for the cube - please get in touch!

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