ECE497 Project Programmable Light Show

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Team members: Taylor Purviance

Executive Summary

The idea of this project is to have a bone controlling a chain of LEDs and drive the LEDs to flash different colors and patterns. The patterns and colors being displayed will be programmed via a web interface that is accessible to the public, allowing anyone to program the lights.

At the moment, the project is still in the research/design phase, so there is nothing completed. Most of the effort is concentrated on deciding how to enable people to program via a web interface. Google's visual programming language, blockly, looks like a possible contender.

I'm told that the hardware, an LED chain, already has some semblance of an interface created for the bone, so some portion of that work has already been done.


If you have hardware, consider Small Build, Big Execuition for ideas on the final packaging.

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