If you have a BBC microbit mini PC needing a home this interesting project published to the Kitronik website provides instructions on how to use the mini computer to create a cool looking Zip Halo compass complete with LED display. The compass is enclosed in a 3D printed case and finished with a laser cut panel which is placed over the ZIP halo providing the snowflake effect. Although if you do not have access to a 3D printer or laser cutter the system will work adequately without and can be enclosed in a container possibly lying around your home or school.
To re-cap the ZIP Halo for the BBC microbit takes the form of an additional LED board that fits directly onto the using five bolts. The Halo is equipped with 24 ZIP LEDs all individually addressable and offering full colour illumination. The ZIP Halo is priced at roughly £14 an includes an extension connector pads allowing more ZIP LEDs to be connected if desired for future projects. The Halo ZIP is also ompatible with Adafruit NeoPixel and other WS2812B driver code and requires a 3.5v to 5 V power supply. Watch the video below to learn more about the excellent LED board designed specifically for the BBC mini PC.
For full instructions on how to create your very own BBC microbit compass using the awesome Zip Halo for the BBC microbit, jump over to the Kitronik website by following the link below.
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