Friday, May 29, 2015

Neo-pixels in Visuino–Tutorial

I just purchased some Neo-Pixel Mini PCBs, they come in a 5 pack and hooking them up and programming is easy.  Each Mini PCB has 6 connections, Din, Dout, 2 GND and 2 5V.  So first we need to solder them together.

Then I hooked it up to my New Metro board, also from Adafruit.

Next, I open the Demo NeoPixelRepeatDemo.owarduino in Visuino.You can get download information at

Choose the correct settings for your board and upload it and the Neo-Pixel starts going through random colors.  It works!

So, I hooked up all 5 and ran some more tests and these little Neos are great.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Welcome to this new Blog of mine!

In this Blog I hope to share with you some things about these Microcontrollers that should prove educational.

Lately I have been Beta testing some great software meant to provide some coding relief to those of us that have a hard time with writing code for the Arduino.  Visuino is a visual drag and drop interface that lets you use building blocks to add components to your Arduino Microcontroller’s memory for an easier method to program these boards.  You should visit them at and join the Beta Developer Community on Google Plus which can be found here:

Here is a screenshot of the main windows for Visuino -