My husband has said that to me now at least 100 times, even though we are not at the point of adding any electronics to our attempt at a twinkling holiday vest. That said, we have progressed with nary an accusation by either one of us accusing the other of knowing nothing about each other’s field of expertise.
We are getting ready to prep for wires, and so I thought I would share with you some of the baubles we brought in.
And here is what my husband has been telling me. As you can see, each neopixel has 4 places for wire. Power and ground must be on opposite sides and they must never cross as they travel from one neopixel to the next.
The other holes are for the software to speak to each pixel. Input is info coming in, output is info being passed on to the next neopixel. It’s all fascinating and new to me since I have never had any experience with electronics…not even the slightest bit.
The “flora” is basically the brains of the operation. It also has a neopixel in the center. These things are bright! However, they may lose some brightness as they move farther away from the power source (battery – which has a limited life). This explains why my husband suggested using guage wire (covered in plastic) as power and ground, and conductive thread only as data in and out. Still to be determined there.
My next step is to draw up the layout on the vest with each neopixel in position.
I have requested non-leaded solder which for some reason makes my husband want to cry. Apparently leaded solder melts like butter. Silver solder requires much more heat and is more difficult to maneuver.
I leave you with this thought, today, which came on the packing slip from Adafruit.