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Make a Techno Ugly Christmas Sweater Project- Part 2

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by Mark Schreiber -

Let me let you in on a little secret… that ugly sweater from the Part 1 guide was my sweater from last year.  Yup, that right. I’ve had a year to refine, learn and hack a new sweater.  And I have to say that I’m pretty proud of this little project and so I want you to be able to make one as well!

Here is the executive summary of the project along with a video of my upgraded (read “awesome”) ugly sweater.  The core of this project is a cool sequencer called Vixen, an AdaFruit Flora (with a FastLED library), and a bunch of NeoPixel stips (or other digitally addressable RGB LEDs) Grab a gift bag, load your laptop, some speakers and tissue paper - you are set!

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The Techie Ugly Christmas Sweater Project: Part 1

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by Mark Schreiber -

Ugly sweaters seem to be pretty hip these days.  

Wal-Mart sells them, Target sells them.  There‘s even a shop in my town where you can “uglify” your very own Christmas sweater.  And yes, we have an ugly sweater contest at our school (that I plan on winning by the way). Last year I made a pretty nifty one and this year I made this project the final in my class. 

Yep, right now my advanced engineering class is pushing toward the completion of some pretty sophisticated ugly sweaters.  Some blink, some play music, some might even look like the Grizwolds house.  One has car horns on it and yet another, a Christmas trivia tree!

Read on for the steps on how to Technify your ugly sweater this year with a little Makey Makey magic!

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