LEDs, these lights are amazingly efficient in terms of a lot of things. Their versatility proved that they could attach to almost anything around us. In their circle, the fancy and the cute ones are the LED lights or the strip lights. Though these lights create a colorful and vibrant background, evolution leads them to be fancier. Now, LED strip lights can sync with the music and can even be controlled using a smartphone. Thus, this is what we called accessibility—seeing those flickering colorful LED lights whenever you went to parties? You cannot take your eyes off of it, looking at those blinking lights with its unique pattern that goes along with the music or beat. Watching those lights makes you think that you want these in your home too. You can have these LED lights mount in your home to create a unique ambiance as well.
In making your DIY Smartphone controlled LED Lights, you need the following supplies (your hardware and software) to make it work.
Gather your needs first. For your hardware, you will need, of course, your LED Light Strips (RGB ones). Next, you will also need jumper cables and a Bluetooth module HC05. Lastly, the most important one is your Evive. For your software, you will be going to need Pictoblox (for pattern coding) and Dabble. You can find all your hardware in a starter package at STEMpedia.
The next thing you will going to do is the connection of your LED strip lights to your evive. The starter package comes with instructions. It can help you set up your evive from installing the Bluetooth. Then you can have the following done as well:
- VCC – +5v (evive)
- DIN – evive’s digital pin 7
- GND – evive’s GND
Have your phone downloaded with Dabble (your controller for your strip lights.) This app is easy to apply, and it has a lot of compatible boards. Hence, Dabble is the most used app in terms of the controller. Then connect your smartphone’s Bluetooth to the HC05 Bluetooth module mounted on evive. Once you are connected, open the gamepad mode in your dabble and test the buttons to see which color corresponds to what button. You can also change the color pattern of your game module according to your preference.
Now let’s go to the next software—download Pictoblox to your computer (this will be your coding tool). You need codes for your Dabble and evive to work with light patterns. Pictoblox is a user-friendly graphical programming software from Scratch 3.0, so it will not get you challenged in setting this up.
Now, you are all set, then it’s time to test your project. With these tools, you can now create your lighting patterns whenever you want. It all takes patience and creativity to release your inner DIYer personality. There are a lot of possible ways on how to make one. You have the accessibility on where to find your tools. If you cannot find them in your local markets, you have online for your next option.