It will be October in two days time and, love it or hate it, the shops have already started to fill with Christmas stuff. So like all red-blooded males my thoughts have turned to 'the lights'...
I had been thinking about a new project so it was a small jump to "thousands of flashing LEDS" :)
My projects are a way to learn new/interesting topic, so frequently not done in the simplest/easiest way. The current list of topics includes;
- PIC Microprocessor & Hi-Tech C
- I2C communications
So I hatched the following plan...
- LED Lights (lots of them)
- Controlled by multiple light controller modules
- Each using a 16F690 Microchip PIC processor
- Each controlling multiple independent sets of LEDs
- Master control and synchronisation provided by an Arduino Uno
- Light modules connected to the Arduino using the I2C protocol (plug and play)
- Arduino connected to network to receive new patterns
I could probably achieve the same effect using just the Arduino and some multi-plexing, but where would the fun be in that ?