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Hey there GB-Friends

i am new here and i am looking for a detailed description of wiring and programming an arduino with lights and sounds
for a Proton pack.

I have seen here a lot of posts and videos. but i could not find a satisfied desription (for me - i am a beginner) where the wiring of an arduino for the electronics and the sketch is completed.

so here is my question: Can anybody give me the right posts here or maybe someone can help me with a step by step instruction just for the arduino electronics (prefer with adafruit wave-board - others also OK ) for a proton pack?

Thank you so much
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By MrLithium
#4893506
Hello! I have around two years experience. The best way for you do do this would be to learn Arduino and basic wiring in all honesty. Start with how to make a blinking LED on Arduino. That's where I started. I personally use a millis chaser circuit which essentially is a timer that doesn't use delay so that you can use many different timers at the same time and have them not interfere with each other.

I used the adafuit wave shield for mine but be aware that it is not meant to work on the mega boards, I have had no luck with trying to get it to work on there. On mini boards it works brilliantly though.
I'd give you my code but I accidentally deleted it when I moved laptops. Eventually I'll have to rewrite it.

Don't worry, Arduino language is really simple. I say you should learn it because if you're taking code from someone else you can read through it and understand the wiring yourself or even fix issues that may be present. You can learn all you need to do this project in probably a few days to be honest.
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Styrofoam_Guy wrote:I am just getting into the Arduino myself and was also thinking of using it for the electronics for the pack.

I read that the Mega has 54 digital i/o pins. Does this mean it can control 54 individual LEDs?

Yes! And more. You can use the PWM as LEDS also
I used a mega for my pack and have ample room for more lights.
#4893639
Hmmm time for me to look into the Mega. I have been currently playing with the Nano.


MrLithium wrote:
Styrofoam_Guy wrote:I am just getting into the Arduino myself and was also thinking of using it for the electronics for the pack.

I read that the Mega has 54 digital i/o pins. Does this mean it can control 54 individual LEDs?

Yes! And more. You can use the PWM as LEDS also
I used a mega for my pack and have ample room for more lights.
#4893641
Styrofoam_Guy wrote:Hmmm time for me to look into the Mega. I have been currently playing with the Nano.


MrLithium wrote:Yes! And more. You can use the PWM as LEDS also
I used a mega for my pack and have ample room for more lights.

Oh excuse me, I misread what you said. It has Image
It has a lot of pins but not all 54 can be used for that purpose. Most of them can but some of them are specific for functions of the board such as ground, Voltage in, voltage out and reset
#4893720
Ah Ok I had not seen a Mega up close. It looks like one Mega is not enough to do all the individual LEDs for a pack and wand.

It is also larger than thought. With all the LEDs and switches in the wand I thought it would be easier to put most of the electronics in the wand body but this will not fit there.
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Styrofoam_Guy wrote:Ah Ok I had not seen a Mega up close. It looks like one Mega is not enough to do all the individual LEDs for a pack and wand.

It is also larger than thought. With all the LEDs and switches in the wand I thought it would be easier to put most of the electronics in the wand body but this will not fit there.


For my pack that's what I did with the mega. I don't know if I had the correct number of lights though. If need be you can get creative with some IC chips such as the LM4017 To create some chaser lights. All you need to run to that is a pulse to activate the next light in sequence. I haven't personally done it that way but I know it would work

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