Colour Tail

Introduction

Creating beautiful projects with Colour Tails is easy. They are plugged into CodeBug using the black Extension connector at the bottom of CodeBug.

Colour Tails give your CodeBug easy control of colourful lights in interesting shapes. They are really fun to play with and easy to use. The LED lights on Colour Tails are RGB (Red Green Blue) so they can produce any colour you can think of, by mixing different brightnesses of the Red Green and Blue light.

Colour Tails can be controlled with a few simple blocks.

You will need
CodeBug CodeBug
Micro USB cable
Computer
ColourStar ColourStar

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  • where do you get a colorstar Emma s @ Nov. 2, 2016, 8:29 p.m.

    • Codebug store — jack sckelton @ May 1, 2017, 3:14 p.m.


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Connecting your Colour Tail

It is recommended that you connect your Colour Tail after plugging in the Micro USB cable into CodeBug and disconnect your Colour Tail before unplugging the Micro USB from your CodeBug, to avoid damaging the devices. Take care when plugging in or unplugging devices from CodeBug.

To fit a Colour Tail to CodeBug, place the Colour Tail on a table with the LEDs facing upwards, then placing CodeBug with LEDs side up, gently slide CodeBug’s expansion socket onto the 6 pin connector on the Colour Tail.

When reprogramming CodeBug with the Colour Tail attached, you can pull the end of the USB cable that plugs into the computer instead of the end that plugs into CodeBug, then (while holding button A) plug it back into the computer.


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Controlling your Colour Tail

There are special blocks that allow you to control your Colour Tail.

Follow the tutorial below to write your Colour Tail program.


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  • I've connected and set up my codebug and colour tail and enabled the star in the menu (it appears in the emulator) but I don't see the "Colour tail menu" as mentioned in step 2 and I can't find the "Set colour pixel to " block. Please help. aunitt @ Dec. 23, 2015, 3:01 p.m.


    We are currently restructuring the tutorial pages to include the Colour Tail menu, however it is accessible from the standard project create page Thomas Macpherson-Pope @ Jan. 4, 2016, 2:02 p.m.

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Placing your Colour Tail

CodeBug Colour Tails have mounting holes and CodeBug has holes in its legs that you can use to tie them to anything you like. You can use zip ties or thread to secure your Colour Tail and CodeBug.


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What next?

Check out some of the other activitiesfor more cool projects to do with Colour Tails.


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