I’m new here on the forums and to PixelBlaze and I’m hoping someone(s) can help me out with some wiring ideas.
I would like to create an illuminated set of Mickey Mouse ears for a friend, with lots of LED animation based on randomness and touch-pad inputs. The general idea is to use 2 strips of LEDS, both originating from the middle, and covering the circumference of each ear is about 10 inches of LED strips. I want to have the controller in the center, with a strip expanding out over each ear.
Additionally, I’d like to have 5 or 6 metal pins attached to the ears such that the user can touch them, initiating a pattern based on the pin. E.G., a flag pin when touched would initiate a Red/White/Blue pattern on each strip for a period of time. This person also loves the artist Prince, so I have a metal Prince broach attached, and would love that to initiate a Purple animated pattern display. I also have a pin for their University (JMU) and would like it to display the school colors when pressed.
Also a pin to dim/blank the output. If no pin is touched, I’d like to have a suite of random animations/patterns keep the mood moving!
Can anyone please help me get started on this? How do I go about connecting 2 strips and the touch sensors? I figured the software would easily follow once I can get it wired up! I plan on running this from a LiPo battery as well.
May thanks to any/all who can get me going!
Here’s some photos and a really rough sketch of the physical idea. I was thinking of using an Arduino based device, but I’d like to use the PixelBlaze if possible.