Monday, January 28, 2013

Motion sensitive LED belt

Recently I built a motion sensitive LED belt for a dance performance by my wife. In case it is of interest to others, this post will briefly describe how I made it.

I started with the LED belt kit by Adafruit:
http://www.adafruit.com/products/332,

for which they supply an excellent tutorial:
learn.adafruit.com/digital-led-belt 

To this I added a 3-axis accelerometer, the ADXL335 from Adafruit:
http://www.adafruit.com/products/163

Adding the accelerometer is very simple.  The 3V in and ground are soldered with short wires to the corresponding pins on the Atmega32u4 breakout board, and wires from the X,Y, and Z outputs can be soldered to the F4, F5, and F6 pins (see http://github.com/adafruit/Atmega32u4-Breakout-Board for more details or http://www.adafruit.com/datasheets/af_at32u4bb_pinout.pdf for a good diagram).

After a lot of tweaking, here is the code we actually used for the performance:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~mhampton/LED_belt_accelerometer.pde

Here is a short video (with a special guest star - our dog - in the background):

video


Sorry about the graininess - hopefully I can get a somewhat better version soon.  I'm also hoping for good closeup pictures of the soldered connections.

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