Electronics enthusiasts that are looking for a project to keep them busy over the weekend may be interested in this awesome and massive Arduino powered LED scrolling sign which is being created by YouTube user Josh Levine and has been built using WS2812B Neopixels and an Arduino Uno.
One of these is definitely going to be my project for the weekend and the project costs roughly $15 a foot depending on how large you like to create it. Watch the video below to see it in action.
Josh explains more about his awesome creation and how you can create your very own :
My sign is 12 feet long with 2,688 RGB pixels. It can display scrolling text at 80 frames per second. You can make your sign as long or short as you like. The majority of the cost for a big sign comes from the LED strips. The 60 LED/meter strips regularly sell for $5/meter. The display is 7 strips high, so the strip cost comes out to about $11/foot.
The other variable costs are power and structure. A 300 Watt supply can drive a 15 feet of display, for a cost of about $1.70/foot. A top-of-the-line 2×4 costs about $1/foot – or you can stick the strips to an existing structure for free. Finally, you will need one Arduino per sign, and the Pro Mini goes for $3-$15 a pop depending on how long you are willing to wait for it to arrive.
For full instructions jump over to Josh’s website via the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.