Thursday, 1 May 2014

Colour POV4 light painter

I recieved a nice little package from Adafruit this morning, it's new and is the colour light painting POV

I firstly opened the packet and sorted everything out and so I could see what is there.

This is an ideal thing to do whilst waiting for your soldering iron to heat up, next was to put all the capacitors in the correct holes and the zenor diodes the correct way on the right matching the black line on the diode with the white line on the board.

Once these have been soldered carefully cut off the purtruding legs as we don't want any short circuits.

The capacitors were next the white line on side indicating negative, the negative side also had shorter legs, ensure these go in with the correct polarity.

As you can see we have now added the potentiometer, transistors and just have left the atmega chip the usb socket, LEDs, battery pack and 12mhz clock.

The 12nhz clock goes in just above the LEDs and once in the LEDs have to go in with the flat side to top left as per picture.

Then we have the usb socket and battery pack, I found cutting the wires down to a more manageable length before soldering   Them to the right ensuring red positive black negative. Or left if the board is this way round.

With the sticky pad you want to attach it to the battery pack and circuit board.  Remember you still need to get to the batteries in it and on off switch.

Place the atmega chip in ensuring the indent semi circle matches up as per picture.

A final check will ensure everything is soldered on and connected correctly, now is the time of truth, add the batteries and turn it on.

As you can see all LEDs light up.

Waiting for a few seconds to load the LEDs should go through a red, green and blue light up sequence before flickering white.

The lights should then go off,wave it about from a left to right then right to left wave and it should light up leaving a trail of lights making your pattern or text or whatever you have programmed the light display to display.

All drivers and software needed for this project are on the adafruit site at this address

All that's left is to go have fun with it.

This image of it in action thanks to adafruit (and also copyrighted to them).

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