Glowbugs

Introduction

Create amazing light up projects with GlowBugs in minutes. GlowBugs are full colour LEDs (with over 16 million possible colours!). They are really easy to control and use in your projects and this activity will show you how to use them with a couple of simple blocks.

You will need
CodeBug CodeBug
Micro USB cable
Computer
GlowBugs x5 GlowBugs x5
Crocclips

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Connecting your GlowBugs

To attach GlowBugs to CodeBug, attach a crocclip from GND on CodeBug to GND on the left side of the GlowBug, repeat this for PWR from CodeBug to the 5V on the left side of the GlowBug. Then connect a crocclip from leg 3 on CodeBug to the DATA IN leg on the GlowBug. You can connect more GlowBugs to the chain by connecting the right side of the previous GlowBug to the left side of the next GlowBug, as shown in the picture below.


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  • How many GlowBugs can be connected one after the other? — bughunter @ Oct. 19, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

    • I used a cascade of LED-strips. It seams like only 80 of them are addressable. May be the limit fpr GlowBugs too. ==> @CodeBug developer: Please enlarge the number to about 1024. — Stephan Roth @ Nov. 14, 2017, 9:24 p.m.


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Controlling your GlowBugs

There are special blocks to control your GlowBugs that set the colour of the GlowBug you want.

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to start controlling your GlowBugs.


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  • I'm trying to connect more than one Glowbug and only the first one works. Do I need to change the code in Blocky? Kimberly Curphey @ Nov. 15, 2016, 10:58 a.m.

    • try changing colour pixel no — james @ Aug. 31, 2017, 5:07 p.m.


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  • can you use normal rgb-led james @ Aug. 31, 2017, 5:08 p.m.


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What next?

See what games you can make by connecting buttons to CodeBug’s other legs.


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