The Arduino IDE is great for being able to dive right in and spin up a sketch quickly with a minimum of fuss. However, there are some situations where you want to get a little “closer to the metal” – without some of the limitations that come with that ease-of-use. Maybe you want to use […]

ATtiny85 Neopixel Controller

The Atmel ATtiny85 is capable little 8-bit microcontroller that plays very well with the Arduino ecosystem. It also comes in a compact and maker-friendly 8-pin Dual Inline Package (DIP), operates on 5V, and costs less than two dollars – making it a great option for controlling some WS2812b RGB LEDs (aka “neopixels”.)

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