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DIY Light-up Neon (LED) Mickey Mouse Ears

by Paul Strauss
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If you’re a fan of Disney and Mickey Mouse, your mouse house isn’t complete without a pair of ears. Of course, you could go for the standard-issue black ears, but if you’re a little more of a tech geek, then you should consider making a pair like these.

The guys at Adafruit shared this cool idea for a set of Mickey ears made using their super bright NeoPixel LED strips, controlled by a GEMMA M0 board.

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By setting the lights inside of a thick silicone coating, they diffuse into smooth, neon-like tubes. They also offer up an alternative LED strip without the silicone that provides more of a classic marquee look. Since both LED strips are designed to emit light only in one direction, the light will only be visible from the front, which I think is a slicker and more put together look than conventional LED strips. The lights can also change colors, and they included motion sensors in the build, so it can change light patterns with a shake of their wearer’s head.

Check out the video below for the full explanation of the build:

You can grab everything you need to make your own light-up Mickey Mouse ears over at Adafruit – other than the hat itself. You can grab one of those from Amazon.



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