Flexineocube: Fold 2 flexible boards together to create a LED cube
Flexineocube consists of two flexible boards. Each board has 3 addressable RGB LEDs on them (like the Adafruit Neopixels). You can fold the boards together to form a cube.
The material is very lightweight, so you can hang it from somewhere and have it wave in the wind!
The boards come with their components pre-soldered and a header to make it ready to go. It is not however, folded into a cube. Since this is the most interesting part, we figured we would leave it to you. We test the boards before sending them out.
If you are a maker who enjoys weird experimental things, the Flexineocube is for you.
This is our first product from our adventures with Pyralux. It has been quite a journey to get to this point for sure!
What do I need to drive it?
You’ll have to follow the instructions for your specific microcontroller to get it up and running.
Next, download and install the Adafruit Neopixel library.
The header has a black marking on its hot glue- this is the Gnd pin. So the header goes: Gnd, Vcc, Data.
Connect the Gnd to Gnd on your microcontroller, and Vcc to 5V. Data goes to whichever data pin you are using.
We also recommend a big cap on your microcontroller. We use 470uF between Vcc and Gnd.
In the Arduino IDE, open a neopixel example sketch. Change the number of pixels to 6, and upload it to your microcontroller.
Tada! You now have a Flexineocube that is lighting up! How cool is that?!?!?!
What do I do with it?
There are many things you can do with this. You could add it to a tree, or make your pet wear it, or just add it to your project is cool enough!
Since it is really lightweight, it can bop around in the wind. It looks really cool. You might want to try experimenting with that.
There are ways that you could make a different shape using more than the two boards. On the left hand side of the board is the data out of the boards- so you can attach it to another one. The middle part of the board has the data in. So you could bend these around and make something quite interesting with it!
We ship this in a small box (like the same size of the RoboBrrd Kit), mainly because these are quite delicate and breakable.
If they were shipped in an envelope, the rollers may smush them into oblivion.
These take a week or so to make, we make them by hand. They’re etched by hand too. Hope that is cool with you guys.
If you want to see more experiments with flexible pcbs that we’ve been doing, buying a Flexineocube would be a nice way to pitch in. You don’t have to of course, but it would really help. We have some more ideas that we want to try- like with shape memory alloy!