Now I have a small house connected to the world. Normally its a house to be illuminated by a tee light. Now it is equipped with an 8mm WS2812 LED. The LED is controlled by an Arduino (sketch), which is connected with a USB cable to a Raspberry Pi. On the Raspberry runs a little Python program, which gets in regular intervals the actual colour from cheerlights. The world can change the colour via a tweet, e.g. “#cheerlights green”.
Last year a NeoPixel ring with 24 LEDs blinked in our Christmas tree. I presented it on the last MakerFaire Hannover, but unfortunately it was too close to the Tesla coil on our booth, and it stopped working. To be prepared for this year’s Christmas I ordered new rings from Watterott – not one, but three: 16, 24, and 32 LEDs.
For the Christmas tree I wanted to have a light controlled by the community via Cheerlights. Unfortunatly the RedFly shield had lots of problems, so I activated my Raspberry Pi, which lay around for have a year. The Raspi installation had no problems; Raspbian, Ethernet with DHCP, Wifi with fixed IP.
The WingFly shield from Watterott lets you screw cables onto the Arduino instead of sticking them into the headers. This is very practical for prototyping.