2015-01-01 (Th) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

Each piece of four-conductor phone wire was stripped at the ends. The sheatch was stripped back approximately 1/2" (12mm) and the wire insulation was stripped back a few millimeters.

Stripped wire

Twelve addressable RGB lights, NeoPixel imitations, were broken off from their neighboring units. To prepare them each terminal on each light was covered in solder and each wire was tinned as well. The original four NeoPixelswere left in place and the twelve new additions were soldered inline behind them. One was soldered backwards and caused a short circuit condition. The short circuit was recognized when the voltage regulator on the Arduino became very hot and the board would not operate.

 Array of imitation NeoPixels

Soldering the lights
String of 16 lights

Switches were put on the quick-disconnect terminals. A 9V battery terminal was soldered to the GND and RAW terminals of the Arduino on to protoboard. The battery was selected because it should be sufficient for demonstrating the board but would not be acceptable on the final product which will need to be powered by a power supply continuously.


 9V battery connector with battery

Fully lit project

To do:
  1. Build electronics
    1. Solder remaining NeoPixels
    2. Solder power terminals for transferring power (Removed from list)
    3. Solder terminals for accepting power 9V battery
  2. Program Arduino
    1. Write digital output code for one or two sounds
    2. Immediately play sound at new mode if appropriate
  3. Cut and drill polycarbonate sheet
  4. Drill frame for wires
  5. Install switches
  6. Install light hoods
  7. Install electronics
  8. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets
  9. Put code online
  10. Draft schematics
  11. Create instructions for project

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