• Upgraded Boba Fett Chest Displays

    Dec 2020 brought new episodes of the Mandalorian which blessed fans with the reappearance of Boba Fett and his faithful armor.  The chest display refresh gets me excited.  Instead of a blocky bargraph lightshow, we get a fully animated larson scanner!  Remember larson scanners? Classic sci-fi light animation that sweeps back and forth, night rider, bsg cylons, etc. My previous boba fett chest display circuit is not wired for a fully animated bargraph.  The ESB and ROTJ style animations both used 5 animated blocks above the character displays.  So I designed the bargraph to be run on 6 wires.  Five control wires from the chip and one common for ground.…

  • Game Cabinet Lighting with Neopixels

    I put together some ikea cube shelving and wanted a place to keep my game consoles while also displaying them. I started with 3d printing some vertical stands for the PS4 and WiiU along with some controller hangers and riser shelves. I then added puck lights to the surrounding shelves, but wanted special lighting for the game shelves. Using some spare puck lights, neopixel rings, and a trinket I created some smart puck lighting that responds to which game system is powered. Power up the PS4 and the shelves are bathed in blue light. Power up the WiiU and the shelves turn cyan. Power both, and get both blue and…