How Coding Expertise Powers Up a De-Light-ful Holiday Display

In this Lunch 'n' Learn tech presentation to the projekt202 team, Managing Architect Sean Malone shares how he got creatively crafty for the holidays.

Sean writes:

Using an Arduino, LED lights, PVC pipes, and a little engineering know-how, these candy canes were built to add a personal touch to my family’s holiday yard display. The candy canes were constructed using everyday parts found at any big box store. The stripes were applied using some painter’s tape and spray paint. The foreman of the project (my 3 year old daughter) demanded a mist of sliver glitter paint to add a touch more of festive fun.

An Arduino is a microcontroller that has many applications. For the candy cane project, it controlled the individual LEDs. With this concise control, I was able to write custom code to make the candy canes come to life. Getting the power supply requirements right forced me to knock off some of the cobwebs from my electrical engineering knowledge.

Overall, the project was a lot of fun and allowed me to use skills from multiple disciplines.


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