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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 1:12:26 PM
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@Sanjib: Hope to meet you in person this time. :)

I'll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt LOL

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Sanjib.A   6/24/2014 1:06:30 PM
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@Max: Yeah, sure!! Hope to meet you in person this time. :)

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Sheetal.Pandey   6/24/2014 1:22:01 AM
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Thanks Steve, I will go to the link and try to build one for my home. Hope the development cost is not much. In any ways it will be worth because I would be happy to build a hobby project.

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Steve Manley   6/23/2014 2:04:14 PM
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@Sheetal

>> How do you get started?

The best way to get started would be to get hold of at least a meter of Neo-Pixel strip and an Arduino Uno micro controller. 

The Arduino is an reasonably priced open source device with a tone of support. They are relatively easy to program using the dedicated and free Integrated Development Environment and can be used on a PC, Mac or Linux.

For info on the Arduino look here: Arduino Home Page.


Adafruit provide a free library and tutorials for controlling the Neo-Pixels. The library also includes a couple of demo sketches/programs to get you started.

Hope this helps.

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Max The Magnificent   6/23/2014 1:39:37 PM
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@Sanjib: You made me tempted to do something similar for upcoming "Deepawali" (festival of lights) celebrated in India sometime in November.

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at ESC India 2010 in Bangalore -- I would LOVE to go back to see the Festival of Lights...

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Sanjib.A   6/23/2014 1:36:30 PM
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Enjoy!! It is always fun!! :)

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Max The Magnificent   6/23/2014 1:02:10 PM
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@Sheetal: Every year we use LED lights bought from the shop, it will be great to build something on your own and then you can keep getting better year after year. How do we get started?

The NeoPixels strips from Adafruit that Steve is using are great -- you buy them by the meter and they come in a waterproof plastic sleve so you can use them outside. You can get them with 30, 60, or 144 pixels per meter -- I'd probably stick with the 30 pixels per meter for what you are doing.

The really great thing is that you can control multiple meeters using a single pin on an Arduino -- and you can have multiple strips each using its own pin.

For more information, check out my Infinity Mirror, Prognostication Engine and BADASS Display projects

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Max The Magnificent   6/23/2014 12:48:50 PM
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@Sanjib: Hope Cybil was not in playful mood while you were fixing those panels & wires...

My wife has two cats -- Coco (a.k.a. Coconut) nut and Drummer (a.k.a. Harrogate) -- as soon as I get my soldering iron out and layout my components and wires and suchlike, they both bounce up on the table to see what's going on -- grrrrr

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Sheetal.Pandey   6/23/2014 3:11:18 AM
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@Steve, Yes in India we have very big festival of lights around October and every household is decorated with lights. Every year we use LED lights bought from the shop, it will be great to build something on your own and then you can keep getting better year after year. How do we get started?

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Steve Manley   6/23/2014 2:12:22 AM
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@Sanjib.A Yes Cybil does get in the way sometimes (always under your feet) and lets say she isn't camera shy either.

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