Reachargeable Sound Reactive LED Peace Pendant


With all the madness going on in the world right now, a LED sound reactive peace pendant would help radiate some love

Below are instructions on how you can make this cool project.

The circuitry for this wearable project isn’t that complex, and the 3D printed enclosure will provide a nice pendant that you can wear to your next party or event.

– Sound reactive
– Rechargeable
– On/Off switch
– Programmable

Most of the parts available through Adafruit. Their Weekly shows have 10% off coupons which are a great deal to pick up these parts.
– Arduino or Adafruit Gemma
– NeoPixel Ring (12 LEDs)
– Switch
– #4 3/8 inch Screws (x2) or similar
– Li-Po battery 3.7V 150mAh
– Lipoly battery charger
– Mic Amp
– Necklace and ring
– Micro USB cable for programming/charging.
– 22 AWG hook-up wire or any other suitable wire.
Tools and Supplies:
– 3D printer with filament
– Soldering Iron with solder
– Wire Strippers and pliers
– Hot glue gun and super glue

Circuit Diagram

3D Printing

Please download the .stl from thingiverse and print out the enclosure and lid. Some support material is required, but nothing intense.
I used 1.75mm PLA printed on a PrintrBot Simple Metal at about 220 deg C (This is an “awesome sauce” beginner printer by the way!!!).
Repetier Host was the 3D printing software using Slic3r.
The enclosure was designed in Tinkercad.
Used a PRINTinZ Zebra plate for the printer bed.

The pendant assembly isn’t that complicated. The enclosure was designed to comfortably hold the above-mentioned parts without much hassle. Please see the video for the assembly summary.

1) Start by soldering short lengths of hook-up wire to the LED ring. The front face of the enclosure was designed with holes aligned to the LED ring wire solder points. Mount the ring onto the face of the enclosure and slide the wires into the enclosure. You could use some adhesive to anchor the ring, but this isn’t required since the fit is tight enough to hold it in place.

2) Solder a short piece of wire to one of the far-end pins on the slide switch, and connect that to the BAT of the LiPo charger.

Solder the RED lead of the JST-PH lead onto the middle pin of the slide switch. Please see the circuit diagram above for an illustration.

3) Push the slide switch into the opening on the side of the enclosure. Please see the picture below. You could use a small amount of super glue to the edges indicated in the picture. ***Please be careful not to encircle the entire switch with glue or else the switch won’t work! You could also use hot glue on the inside to hold the switch in place.

4) Solder the Black GND lead of the JST-PH lead to the GND on the LiPo charger.
Please ensure the wires soldered to the LiPo charger are attached to the TOP side of the charger. This ensures the charger would sit flush when inserted into the enclosure.

5) Solder short lengths of hook-up wire to the MIC amp. The connections are shown in the circuit picture above.

6) Solder the LED ring wires to the Arduino Gemma according to the circuit diagram.

7) Insert the battery lead into the LiPo charger and seat the charger in the enclosure. Use some hot glue to secure the charger on the enclosure. Ensure that this is properly done because the USB cable will constantly be attached and detached for charging.

8) At this point, the soldering is complete. Lets program the Arduino before final assembly. You will need the Adafruit NeoPixel library for the sketch. Download the Arduino sketch from GitHub and load it onto the Gemma. Putting the Gemma into the bootloader mode is documented here. Once the sketch is loaded, test the flashing of the LEDs by tapping the mic. The LEDs should react to the sound. If it does not work, please check your wiring and ensure your Arduino sketch is loaded correctly.

9) Once the circuit is verified to be working, button-up your project by putting the LiPo battery in the enclosure and pass the JST lead under the charger partition that is built into the enclosure. Please see below.

10) If you want to insert a ring to hand the enclosure on a laynard, now would be the time before final assembly. I used a keyring and slid that on the enclosure as shown below.

11) Lets do the final assembly by inserting the battery first, then the Arduino Gemma. Now insert a small plastic spacer before putting in the MIC to prevent any short circuits. You can use a piece of plastic. I used a scrap piece of 3D printed plastic and placed it on top of the Gemma, then inserted the MIC on top of that.

Close the  enclosure using 2 x #4 3/8 inch screws with the 3D printed lid. Ensure that the USB charging port lines up with the opening. Attach a laynard, beaded necklace or whatever you like for a necklace.

How to use

Turn on the pendant by sliding on the switch. Test it by snapping your fingers or clapping. You can adjust the sensitivity of the pendant by playing around with the gain of the MIC (pot on the back of the MIC amp); you can also adjust the sensitivity in the Arduino sketch.

In order to charge the pendant, simply attach a micro USB cable to the LiPo charger.

Now go forth and spread the PEACE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy Making!

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