In the course of history, it becomes necessary to create something new to advance the state of humanity.
The wheel, agriculture, and electricity were all transformative inventions that seem downright simple today. But without them, we'd be munching our nuts and half-rotted carcasses in the dark. Even the simplest project can transform the world.
With that, we bring to you the 1x1x1 LED cube. Beauty in simplicity. Absolute control over the fundamentals of microcontroller programming. Saying "Let there be" and making it so like the PG chapters of Genesis.
As Antoine de Saint-Exupery skillfully points out, "Perfection is Achieved Not When There Is Nothing More to Add, But When There Is Nothing Left to Take Away"
Step 1: Materials
For this project we really wanted to have a more pure attachment to the materials, so the material list is small.
1 Light Emitting Diode.
1 Arduino Board.
1 Computer running the Arduino Integrated Development Environment.
1 USB-A to USB-B cable, 3 feet long.
Step 2: Plug USB to Arduino
First take the USB-A to USB-B three foot cable and plug the USB-B plug into the corresponding USB-B slot on the Arduino.
Step 3: Connect to Computer
Next, take the opposite end of the USB-A to USB-B, three foot cable and Plug the USB-A plug into any of the USB-A slots on your computer.
Step 4: Open Arduino IDE
Next, go to your computer and open the Arduino Integrated Development Environment on your computer.
Then go to Tools > Serial Port and make sure your Arduino is selected.
Now you can start to program the Arduino.
Step 5: Write Code
Now is the time to write the code, Just enter the code below into your Arduino integrated development environment:
Then, click the Verify box labeled with a Checkmark. Correct any potential errors.
Step 6: Upload Code
Lastly, Click the upload button, as indicated by the arrow pointing to the right.
You should see a verification message and your 1x1x1 Light Emitting Diode should begin to blink.
Step 7: Going Beyond
Once you have the example code running, the next step is to show off and write your own routines. On account of three dimensions, there are countless ways you can light up your LED cube.
We can't wait to see all of the different things that get visualized.