Bucky Glow Overview
11 Programmable LEDs
The data pin and clock pin of a WS2801 LED strip are connected to pin A0 and A1 of an Arduino nano, respectively. This allows you to light up the dodecahedron with any color pattern you can imagine and stream patterns.
Touch sensitive faces
I am currently working on making the faces touch pads so the Bucky Glow plays like a musical instrument. Early successes and current challenges are presented in the log section. This new feature makes the Bucky Glow a new light-up percussive instrument.
Break-out pins to hook up any sensor and MIDI
In the first version of the Bucky Glow, you have access to digitial I/O pins, a TX (transmit) pin, a RX (receive) pin, reset pin, and ground pin. These pins enable you to connect the Bucky Glow to sensors (e.g. capacitive touch, infrared, ultrasonic), motors, MIDI jacks, and any other electronics you can think of. There are tons of unique ways to make the Bucky Glow musical and interactive. The newer version has the touch faces and MIDI built in.
Bucky Glow App
If you don't want to jump into programming right away, you can light up the Bucky Glow using an app, which provides an interface for creating and displaying patterns in real-time with only a few mouse clicks.
Easy to assemble
The Bucky Glow is easy and fun to build. To assemble the Bucky Glow, all you need is a single allen wrench. No glue is required!
The Bucky Glow is a great tool for doing some more intermediate programming and electronics with the Arduino. If you are looking to go beyond the usual Arduino starter kit, you may be interested in building a Bucky Glow.