RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by Mosak on Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:26 pm

Hi - my daughter made her robot halloween costume using many Adafruit parts. She did all the electronics work herself. She cut apart one of the RGB LED strips into three pieces, soldered on connecting jumper wires, soldered in an on/off switch, soldered everything to an Adafruit protoshield kit, plunked it onto one of your Arduino's and figured out the sketch. She learned how to do most of this from your website. She is ten years old. Thank you for all of the fantastic tutorials. If you can tell me the proper setting for uploading, I can send you a short video.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:41 am

Hi, we'd love to see the video! Currently, we do not host videos here. You can upload it to YouTube (or Vimeo etc.) and post the link here.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by Mosak on Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:34 pm

Hi! I posted a video to youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-fYkaJx ... e=youtu.be

Enjoy!
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Looks great! I'll see if we can get it on the blog.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by Mosak on Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:59 pm

Glad you like it! Feel free to use it however you wish.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by bostonvaulter on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:01 pm

That's a really impressive costume! How did she power everything? For my costume this year I used 4 C batteries, but that's around 6.2V so I had to put it through a voltage regulator before passing it to the LED strip. But the problem was that the voltage regulator would get extremely hot after only 30 seconds of use.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by Mosak on Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:09 pm

Hi. She used a diode to knock the power down to around 5.2v, which is in the range of the strip. Here's a helpful link:
http://learn.adafruit.com/battery-power ... rips/diode

The entire belt tutorial was useful. She used four AA batteries.
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Re: RGB LED STRIP FOR ROBOT COSTUME

by ddcinjapan on Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:11 am

My costume was very similar. I used 5m strips divided into 5 one meter strips, connected with data, clock, and ground and with separate power for each meter. 5 battery packs with 4 1.2v Eneloop batteries did the trick, and the lights lasted all night long. My LEDs were under a diffusing 2mm acrylic panel shaped into armor. Woot!

So much fun, to glow for halloween.

Youtube- http://youtu.be/qD2odvmCgvE
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