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The crafts here are accessories with electronics enabled for Burning Man 2018. Most of the items I created are ran by some sort of Arduino iteration.

These aren't your average joe leds you buy at radioshack or ebay, those are Adafruit's neopixels. These are little crazy bright bastards, I had to dial them down so I won't blind people. The NeoPixels LEDs have Integrated Drivers and their own micropython library, you can find my code online in my GitHub repositories.

In comparison with computer software, the harder part with coding electronic lightshows, is that you can easily fry your boards or your lights. Driving the wrong value or connecting the wrong pin can have disastrous consequences. Debugging and trial and erroring is something I don't like doing much with these kind of projects.

Between the vision in your mind of how to represent specific light show as code, to what actually happens and then fixing it is a long learning process.

If you aren't too much familiar with Burning Man's concepts and principles, it's a good read :) Anyhow, one of these principles is the act of giving, I basically ended up giving most of them as gifts. :)


Ski Goggles + Dust Mask:

  • 2 * Adafruit Trinket M0
  • NeoPixel Stick - 8 x 5050 RGB LEDs
  • Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 150mAh
  • JST-PH Battery Extension Cable - 500mm

Silver/Golden "Unicorn Battle Goggles":

  • Adafruit Trinket - Mini Microcontroller - 5V Logic
  • 2 * NeoPixel Ring, 12 x 5050 RGB LEDs

Earth Tree / Golden Gate Pendants:

  • Adafruit GEMMA M0
  • NeoPixel Ring - 12 x 5050 RGB LEDs
  • NeoPixel Jewel - 7 x 5050 RGB LEDs

LED Matrix pin:

  • 8x8 Red LED Matrix using MAX7219CNG chip to interface Arduino.