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NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board
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NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board

by keivan1 on Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:22 pm

Hi all,

newbie, wanted to see if any one can help a brother out. for my project im looking for a servo board that can have servos, Led lights and audio sound out. can anyone recommend a board that can do all that stuff. I want to have my iron man helmet open the face mask and have the eyes light up and have the clink sound when the mask closes so that's what its for
any help will be greatly appreciated

thank you all
Keivan

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Re: NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board

by adafruit_support_mike on Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:08 am

If you only want to play short audio clips, you can use any of our Feather Express boards. The Feather M0 Express would probably be the easiest to get started with:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3403

Our CircuitPython libraries include code that can read sound files from the 2MB onboard Flash memory and play them through the microcontroller's DAC.

The microcontroller isn't strong enough to drive speakers directly, but the PAM8302 is small, inexpensive, and good for cosplay:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2130

For servos, we have the Servo FeatherWing which plugs directly onto a Feather:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2928

For LEDs, we have lots of different breakouts for NeoPixels:

https://www.adafruit.com/?q=RGBW%20Neopixel

Each pixel contains red, green, blue, and white LEDs, plus a built-in LED controller. All you have to do is tell the pixel what color to display, and the built-in controller will make it happen. Each pixel passes control signals along to the next one, so you can control thousands of pixels with only a single microcontroller pin.

Even if you only want mostly-white for the eyes, you can control the brightness and add small amounts of extra color to tweak the look.. add some blue for normal operation, then switch over to some red to suggest attack mode, and the like.

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Re: NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board

by keivan1 on Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:40 pm

Thank you so much for your help Mike.


best
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Re: NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board

by keivan1 on Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:34 pm

So what im understanding is that you suggest I use a separate board for each function? one for servos, one for audio, and one for neopixel leds correct?
do you have any suggestions on any tutorials on how to use those boards or how to achieve what i need?

thanks
Keivan

adafruit_support_mike wrote:If you only want to play short audio clips, you can use any of our Feather Express boards. The Feather M0 Express would probably be the easiest to get started with:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3403

Our CircuitPython libraries include code that can read sound files from the 2MB onboard Flash memory and play them through the microcontroller's DAC.

The microcontroller isn't strong enough to drive speakers directly, but the PAM8302 is small, inexpensive, and good for cosplay:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2130

For servos, we have the Servo FeatherWing which plugs directly onto a Feather:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2928

For LEDs, we have lots of different breakouts for NeoPixels:

https://www.adafruit.com/?q=RGBW%20Neopixel

Each pixel contains red, green, blue, and white LEDs, plus a built-in LED controller. All you have to do is tell the pixel what color to display, and the built-in controller will make it happen. Each pixel passes control signals along to the next one, so you can control thousands of pixels with only a single microcontroller pin.

Even if you only want mostly-white for the eyes, you can control the brightness and add small amounts of extra color to tweak the look.. add some blue for normal operation, then switch over to some red to suggest attack mode, and the like.

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Re: NewBee Question on Micro Controller Servo Board

by adafruit_support_mike on Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:55 am

keivan1 wrote:So what im understanding is that you suggest I use a separate board for each function? one for servos, one for audio, and one for neopixel leds correct?

Not quite.

The Feather M0 Express can generate audio signals and NeoPixel control signals on its own. It can also generate the signals to control servos, but combining servos, NeoPixels, and audio is difficult.

The Servo FeatherWing has a built-in signal generator, and the Feather M0 can offload most of the timing-critical work to that. It also has headers that make connecting the power, ground, and control signals for multiple servos simple.

The Feather M0's audio output isn't very strong, so the PAM8302 amplifier boosts the power enough to drive a speaker.

keivan1 wrote:do you have any suggestions on any tutorials on how to use those boards or how to achieve what i need?

The product pages have links to projects and tutorials toward the bottom of the page:

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-8-c ... eatherwing
https://learn.adafruit.com/ray-gun-blaster
https://learn.adafruit.com/fix-it-felix-jr-hammer

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