For most people, “old school gaming in Vegas” means table games Downtown — Blackjack, Craps, Roulette. For some of us geeks and makers, it’s a little different…
We’re on a Gemma and Trinket bender. They’re just so tiny and affordable, it’s hard not to come up with fun project ideas!
This animated totem video game creature pendant
needs just a few wires, making it a gentle introduction to soldering. Pick an LED matrix — green for Space Invaders, yellow for Pac Man and so forth — create your own custom animation (we have an example to get your started) and upload the code to the chip.
Wear the completed charm as jewelry and flaunt your geek pride. Or Halloween’s
coming up…maybe your costume could use some classic video game-inspired bling!
Adafruit Forum member JoshuaKane writes:
I wanted to share with everyone a project I worked on for a recent sci-fi/comic convention. I have always been a fan of fantasy, sci-fi and comics. A few months ago I started working on an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) costume and weapon.
I wanted to make the sword something that would literally make folks stop in their tracks and take notice at a convention. For this I turned to the Arduino Microprocessor and some of the accessories developed at Adafruit.
Since their introduction less than a year ago, the humble NeoPixel has exploded into more than a dozen different varieties and form-factors. There are so many tips, tricks and frequently-asked questions, we’ve now collected them into a single densely-packed destination: the Adafruit NeoPixel Überguide!
Is there any glue that sticks to the weatherproof flex strips? Can I connect multiple strips to one Arduino pin? Will a 10 Amp supply make my pixels explode? All these questions (and many more) are resolved.
Whatever. I still think they came from crashed UFO technology.