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Marquee PCBs

alt text For the marquee, I was assigned the letter ‘i’. I designed the letter board and changed the sensor board since my last post. The new sensor board is based on Andy’s; I only changed the sensor headers from 2 pins to 3 to fit a potentiometer.

Boards after milling alt text

After soldering on components alt text

Schematics and Board Designs

ATtiny85 and sensor board alt text alt text

‘i’ board alt text alt text


I programmed the ATtiny85 to make the leds pulse. I changed the interaction so that the potentiometer adjusts the pulse rate of the leds.

  Changes speed of fading led based on potentiometer reading

int led = 0;           // the PWM pin the LED is attached to
int brightness = 0;    // how bright the LED is
int potValue = 0; // value from potentiometer
int fadeAmount = 1;    // how many points to fade the LED by
int delayTime;

void setup() {
  pinMode(A1, INPUT);
  pinMode(led, OUTPUT);

void loop() {

  // set the brightness of pin 9:
  analogWrite(led, brightness);

  // change the brightness for next time through the loop:
  potValue = analogRead(A1);
  delayTime = map(potValue, 0, 1023, 30, 0);       //map pot value to a fade delay 
  brightness = brightness + fadeAmount;

  // reverse the direction of the fading at the ends of the fade:
  if (brightness <= 0 || brightness >= 255) {
    fadeAmount = -fadeAmount;
  // wait to see the dimming effect

Video Documentation of Interaction

It works!!

Written on February 17, 2018

Marquee Schematic and Board Layout

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Written on February 8, 2018

Breadboard ATtiny85 Sensor

alt text Made a simple sensor that dims the led through potentiometer value.


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Video Documentation

Written on February 1, 2018