IoT Exercises pt.2 & Final Project update

IoT Exercises pt.2:

Fail to blink the led with Neopixel, I don’t know why. Only the led can be lighted up. And for the lesson 6, I don’t have enough components.

Final Project update:

Inspired by the project above, I want to make a table lamp. It’s a bit hard to sketch the idea, so that I made a simple paper sketch instead.

When people touch the center area to turn it on, the light effect will be like water waves, as if a hand touches the water surface.

Bill of Materials:

  1. Neopixel ring (3 different sizes)
  2. Neopixel strip
  3. Touch sensor
  4. Copper foil

Circuit & Arduino code(unfinished):

Susan’s Final Project

1 The first idea is make a physical clock that could help me visually follow my 8 hours diet plan. I am thinking about to change my old IKEA clock but also could planning to make a new one.

2 I am so bothered by the cat pee issue, trying to find a way to solve this problem. I haven’t figure out what is the possible method/sensor to make it work.

3 A mirror that could help me on the time management/distraction issue, if I pick it up too many times in a period of time, then it will give me some visual feedback.

Qiting’s loT exercise & final project

Final project design concepts:

1)Water surface lamp. Touch the center area to make a little wave on the water surface.
2) Whac-A-Mole game. The lights pop up at random, points are scored by whacking each light as it appears. The faster the reaction the higher the score.

3) I want to make a bingo game for people to pass time in the elevator. The game board is hung in the elevator and people can light up the LEDs by touching it. The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row is the winner. There will be a voice coming out “BINGO!” when someone wins the game.

Sketches of Yiwu’s final project

1, This is a small lamp for long-distance couples. There are two in total, each of which has a PIR sensor. When it feels someone in the range, the other one’s light will turn on.
So we can connect two people in this way.

2, This is a monitor worn on a hat. I choose on my mobile phone, it can express my emotions on my behalf. Such as being happy or surprised. I don’t need to talk. I can always play on the phone.
This will look very cool. Be like I don’t want to talk to you at all.

3, Or I can make some improvment on the cloak I made for Halloween…

Goofy Mask

Shopping list

  1. Mask:
  2. Neopixel Rings:
  3. Copper foil:
  4. Neopixel Stripe:

In this week, I assembled every part together, thank god my soldering skill has improved a little bit in this process. This work turned out pretty close to my imagination, however, the Arduino board didn’t work well with it. I have the Tinkercad worked, the file transport is fine too, it’s just when I trying to connect the 5V and Ground the board directly turned dark, I haven’t figured what to do yet.

Pumpkin cape

Pumpkins are the first thing came into my mind when thinking of Halloween, that’s one of the reasons I have them as the major decoration of my cape. Besides, each time of this year when I walked into stores, there are all kinds of pumpkins in different scales with various facial emotion, however there are only few costumes using pumpkins as elements, then I decided to create my costume with pumpkin decorations.

Challenges were putting my complete circuit inside the costume and trying to hide them, I failed few times that my circuit broke and had to re-solder those weak connections. Even after solving this part, I struggled to organize all the wires together neat and clean. If I had to redo this project, I would definitely measure the length before building the circuit, so it’s easier for me to put everything inside the cape. Once everything is in place, it’s easy to wear the costume and I could simply touch the decoration on my shoulder to trigger the light changing effects (it’s just a little heavy on the left shoulder because the box itself and the Arduino board inside).

I achieved a great improvement in my soldering skills. What’s more, coding was tough for me when trying to achieve the lighting effects I want, I got several errors and before meeting with Becky for help. After the 1 on 1 meeting and playing with the code, I gained a more comprehend understanding of coding, and could be able to understand the meaning of the codes.

Shopping List:

Black Cape:

NeoPixel strip:

Copper foil:

Orange/Green/Balck Cloth:

Candy box with toy on top:

Touch Sensor:

My circuit and Arduino code:

another diagram included the circuit:

Halloween Hat Project – Anne


This project is organized around the character of the Sorting Hat from the first of the Harry Potter books and movies. The intent of the project is to amuse people and invoke nostalgia for those who have read the books. The hat can be worn. The light effects are controlled by two sets of button switches hidden in the tassels. I learned a lot doing this project including soldering in tight spaces–the neopixel jewels and soldering header pins in particular. The neopixels and sound board were all new to me as well. The project was more work than I anticipated and I don’t regret the time spent on it as I learned lots of new techniques. However, the scale of the project and the time to execute it were a real challenge. For the next iteration I would focus on reducing the footprint of the Uno to a smaller board to fit inside the hat and exploring the neopixel code for more effects. Additionally, the button switches are “clicks” and that combined with low volume on the hat’s “voice” needs more work.

In progress images and sketches:

Tested and ready to assemble.

Tinkercad Circuit

Here is the Tinkercad circuit for the lights. (Note: Not seen here is the power shield fitted on top of the Uno for the LiPo battery and the Lipo battery.)

Here is the current Arduino sketch:

Here is the sketch:

Here is the circuit diagram for the audio fx board:

Current Parts list

(2) 1/4 round neopixel strips x15 neopixels each

(4) neopixel jewels

(10) push button switch

(10) 100 ohm resistors

(1) Arduino Uno

(1) Audio FX board

(2) 3W 4ohm speakers

(2) LiPo batteries – 3.7v 500mAh for sound and 3.7v 1800mAh for lights

(1) LiPo backpack for connecting battery to Audio FX board)

(1) Arduino Uno power shield for attaching LiPo battery to Uno

(3) perma proto boards

(5) sorting hat .wav files at


WarioWare Crew Member – Margarita’s Halloween Costume

I made these sunglasses after looking through inspiration photos of bedazzled sunglasses and realizing that it would be cool to have the lenses work as a backdrop and a diffuser for the LED feature. My initial idea was that the glasses would serve as “Seeing Fireworks” glasses and that was the basis for my costume. Upon pulling the outfit together, I found my husband’s scooter helmet and combined the helmet with the glasses, which made him think of WarioWare. So, I decided to rebrand my costume into “if I was a WarioWare crewmember what would I look like”.

The glasses are put on underneath the helmet and are connected to a tilt ball sensor that is worked manually off to the side to change the fireworks display. It’s not the most comfortable pair of glasses to wear as the wires I have are not long enough when I connect to the uno. So, I had to create this structure near me to hide the uno and hide my shaking the tilt sensor manually. Originally, I wanted to create the glasses with the GEMMA so I would not have to be connected to the uno and could turn the glasses on with the tilt sensor connected to the frames. However, I realized too late that I bought the GEMMA with the microUSB and I don’t have the connection for that so I decided to use the uno. The code was definitely tricky for me as well and thanks to my classmates and Becky I was able to get a lot of help so thank you all for that!

If I were to remake this costume, I would definitely make sure that I had all of the proper equipment from the get go including longer wires. I would also think more about the ‘story’ of my costume from the beginning so I could incorporate more elements ahead of time to help hide the wiring.

Materials Used:

  1. Arduino Uno
  2. Breadboard
  3. Wires
  4. Oversized Sunglasses
  5. Beads
  6. Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  7. Epoxy
  8. Aluminum Wire
  9. Bubble Wrap
  10. Black Duct Tape
  11. Two Neopixel Jewels
  12. Two Neopixel Rings (12 LEDs, RBGW)
  13. Ladyada’s Electronics Toolkit
  14. Tilt Sensor

Circuit Diagram and Arduino Code (Found in Tinkercad)

In Progress Imagery

Technicolor Fly – Stephen’s Halloween Costume

I wanted to make this costume, because I thought that this was a very funny moment in the VP Debate. I am very interested in politics and watch all of the debates. This country is at a pivotal moment and there is so much scary news centered around the election today. So I just wanted to make fun of Pence and this horrible administration with this idea. This costume is really just supposed to be funny and not very serious.

I put two neopixel rings in the center of bug eye glasses that I found online. The wires run along the left side of the glasses frame and down to the Arduino board. While finishing up the soldering, some of the tinning wire dripped down and hit one of the lights and burnt it out. The code was written so that the whole ring would light up, but I didn’t have the time to reorder and resolder.

If I were to do this project over again, I think I would be more ambitious and include more lights. I bought the glasses in a six pack since it was cheaper than getting just one. I think it would have been cool to have a 12 eyed mutated bug with 12 neopixel rings. I thought about doing that but the price of the rings deterred me. But overall this was a fun project for me. Halloween has never been a favorite holiday for me, so it was really nice for me to learn a new skill while making something that I found funny.

Arduino code:

Materials used:

Lots of hot glue was needed…
Testing out the lights
Circuit Diagram

Zekun’s Halloween Costume

I want to design such a headpiece because I want to find a way to include my night light as a part of my Halloween costume. Therefore, I decided to make this headpiece for psychics. The LEDs on the headpiece is gradually shifting from pink to green to match my crystal ball’s iridescence. And the NeoPiexl Jewel have a rainbow-color gradient.

One thing I would do differently if I had to do it again is that I will change the color of the NeoPixel Jewel. The color of the NeoPixel Jewel and that of the pixels are not matching very well and can be improved.

Shopping list


NeoPixel Jewel:



Circuit and code

In-progress images