Programming Your Board

1: What does it mean to program the board?

These boards use an Arduino microprocessor board to control the LEDs. All of the animations for the colors of the LEDs are controlled by code that can be changed and uploaded to the Arduino. You can take the code and download the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment – think of it as an application that …

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2: Getting the Arduino IDE

The Arduino IDE is the software package we use to modify the code on the board that controls the LEDs. It is available for all major operating systems, so it shouldn’t matter if you use a Mac or Windows PC to program the board. To download the software, go to https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software and choose your operating …

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3: Configuring the IDE

The Arduino board we used is compatible with the Arduino Nano with the old bootloader, so the board configuration should look like this: The port will vary from system to system, but you should see the port appear after it’s connected to the computer. There may need to be some driver work to be done …

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4: Getting the sample code

The code uses the FastLED library, which can be added to the IDE through the Library Manager. Depending on the version of the IDE you use, it may look a little different, but on a Mac, it looks like this: A search for FastLED should turn up the library we need, and clicking “Install” makes …

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5: Uploading the code

Coming soon

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