December 10, 2014

Build a minimalist Christmas Tree with a "Star Wars" theme

It's that time of year again when many of us enjoy making Christmas decorations with an electronic twist, for fun and as gifts for others. One interesting example of this has been demosntrated by Darbin Orvar who has created a minimalist Christmas tree with LED strips, which is controlled by an Arduino to blink the LEDs to match the sequence of a tune from the "Star Wars" movie.

Controlling the LEDs is quite simple, and Darbin explains how this is done with power transistors. The sketch is simply a matter of controlling the digital outputs at the right time to enable the required LED strips to match the tune. This is demosntrated with gusto in the following video:

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