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micro:pixel 4x8 WS2812B board for BBC micro:bit

micro:pixel 4x8 WS2812B board for BBC micro:bit
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micro:pixel 4x8 WS2812B board for BBC micro:bitmicro:pixel 4x8 WS2812B board for BBC micro:bit
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SKU:  PPMB00100
Part Number:  PPMB00100
Brand:  Proto-PIC
Platform:  BBC Micro:bit
Requires Soldering:  No
Requires Programming:  Yes

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Love your micro:bit but wish it had a splash of colour? Well, with this nifty add-on you have 32 individually controllable RGB WS2812B (NeoPixel) LEDs in a well proportioned 4x8 grid.

The WS2812B LEDs are also known as NeoPixels, which is Adafruits Trademark name for them. As such, they use the NeoPixel library in TouchDevelop etc.

The micro:pixel comes fully assembled with an edge connector, simply plug your micro:bit in and get coding! We have a link in the Example Code Section to the code we have been using to play with them!

By default the micro:pixel uses Pin0 as the LED data pin as this is the default value for the touch develop neopixel library. If you wish to use another pin in Micropython or Java then we have designed in a handy solder jumper on the board, simply cut the thin track using a craft knife and solder between the other pads this will enable pin 8 as the data pin for the LEDs and free up pin 0.

These little WS2812B Neopixel fellas can get VERY bright so we recommend running at a low brightness ONLY (we recommend 1/8th which is 32 out of 255 in your code).
WARNING - If you run the micro:pixel board at brightnesses higher than this, then you may well damage your micro:bit board as the pixels will try to pull more power than the micro:bit itself can handle.

Although the micro:bit will power the micro:pixel straight from a USB it's a good idea to use one of the related battery clips, that also means you can have a truly portable project.

The micro:pixel board also has the micro:bits pins 0, 1 and 2 broken out along with 3v and ground which can accommodate a banana plug or croc clip

Please note that at the time of publishing the microsoft block editor doesn't have a neopixel library, touch develop, code kingdoms JavaScript and  Micropython however do.    


Please note, micro:bit is not included.


Example code (Right click save as):

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MU - an off line MicroPython editor

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Are 5 ring pins really reversed?
Thursday, 14 February 2019  |  William

I ordered six of these for an after school class I'm teaching at my daughter's school. The first thing I notice weird about the microixel board is when you plug the Microbit board into the microixel the five "ring pins" labeled 0, 1, 2, 3V and GND are in reverse order on the microixel board, and I don't know why this is. Are the pins just mis-labeled? Or are there hidden traces (perhaps behind the connector) that route the proper signals to the pins as they are labeled? It has me mystified. I guess I will give it a try and see what I find. For now, my tentative rating is 3.

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Hi William - The pixels become the 'front' of the microbit, and it was decided to keep the pin order if the unit was facing you, There are traces making the pin out correct when the pixels are facing you.

How to add microixel driver?
Wednesday, 6 December 2017  |  KW

I don't know how to add microixel driver. Could I control the colour and bright ?


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Great fun
Friday, 30 December 2016  |  RA

a great way of getting the kids excited about programming, Make things flash!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great addition to MicroBit
Monday, 14 November 2016  |  Steve

I got two of these to play with, they are a quick and easy way to add colour to the MicroBit.
I've used these to learn the basics of Python...

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Dancing pixels
Monday, 24 October 2016  |  Scott

The microixel was delivered quickly.I have enjoyed playing with this. It was simple to install and micropython (using mu) runs well on it. Played with getting the neopixels to respond to music -


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Rainbow delight
Saturday, 15 October 2016  |  Derek

Got the NeoPixel Board next day after ordering, great service. Downloaded the hex code for the rainbow display, worked first time. The supplied box the NeoPixel came in is an execllent diffuser and realy shows off the program, now I wonder if I can do something spooky with this for Halloween.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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