Arduino with XBee shield (top) driving a remote XBee Lilypad connected to an LED.
Xbee driving a triac board to turn Christmas lights on and off
Hi-res of the Triac driver board prototype setup.
Custom Windows Media Player plugin driving Arduino
Custom Windows Media Player plugin driving lights controlled by an Arduino micro-controller, which in turn communicates wirelessly with remote via Xbee 802.15.4 protocol modules
Technical schematic of this year's ambitious plan
This project is getting complicated...
Rough pinout diagram of the Arduino/Xbee boards. One Xbee will relay pin status to 4 others - in the second suit, each staff and cape.
Light Staff technical schematic
Bluetooth speakers I plan to canibalize for the AustinLightGuy Christmas Staff
Two Bluetooth dongles under $10 from DealExtreme.com. I'll use the one on the right to trasmit music to the Light Staff.
Here the triac board has been mounted face-down in a case, with the Lilypad face-down on the right. the battery pack just barely fits on top of the Lilypad.
Here is the Master controller fully assembled. The triac board is face-down on left and the Arduino board with XBee shield is face-down on the right.
Here I've pulled the speaker and the circuit board out of the case and mounted the speakers in the staff.
A plexiglass jar mounted to the top of the staff will serve as the housing for the circuit board
A perfect fit. The Bluetooth control buttons are still accessible through a hole I cut in the bottom of the jar.
Both staffs have an XBee, mounted on a simple XBee adapter (underneath), which is then soldered to some prototype board with a couple of transistors to drive 12V light strings in the shaft.
The second staff has an XBee, but to USB sound stuff. A color-cycling crhistmas orb adorns the top.
I cut the circuitry for control of two triacs out of a triac board. That is wired to an XBee via a USB XBee Adapter which I soldered to some prototyping board.
The front of the assembled case. I cut holes to see the LEDs on the triac board and for access to the XBee module without opening the case.
Zilker Tree Lighting appearance
EverSequence custom sequencer software driving a GE G-35 LED light string
Downtown during Red Dress Run
We found Clemie and the other Red Dress Runners
Somewhere near 6th St
GE G35 tap - Miniplug connected to ground