I've been experimenting with designing simple carrier boards for Teensy and other microcontrollers, mainly to control Neopixel LEDs. The end goal is to have standalone, battery-powered diamonds that can be placed outdoors for nice ambient lighting at night. 

Thanks to my abundance of Teensy microcontrollers, I began with designing and milling a few revs of a simple carrier board with my Othermill. 

In order to boost the 3.7V from the LiPo battery to 5V for the LEDs and Teensy, I'm using a Powerboost from Adafruit. Here is the first prototype working:

Similar to my Light Box, I'm using heavy paper to prototype the position of the board and LEDs in the diamonds (which I did not make, but was gifted). A hole punch and cable ties also come in handy for quick prototyping!

More soon..


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