2019-09-14 (Sa) PillarGame

The new base was built but testing a rotating cylinder was necessary. Ideally, testing one with the same weight as the tall one would be easy, but installing ballast could be tricky. A second cylinder with 1/3 of the lights was built. Instead of 900 LEDs, this one had 300 which was a single strip cut into three pieces. Power and ground connections were soldered together the same way as the tall pillar.
LED strips on a short pillar

Inside the tube, all the power and ground wires were tied together. Dupont wires were soldered to the light strip data lines so they could connect with the Arduino easily.
Electrical connections in the bottom of the pipe

The short tube was easy to maneuver and light enough to spin smoothly on the base’s motors. Unfortunately, the middle strip was malfunctioning, and initial tests showed that it was a problem with the light hardware, not the controller.
Problematic LEDs

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