In this tutorial we are going to recognize a color of the paper and display this color on the Neopixel strip (8 led) using a TCS34725 Color Sensor & Arduino.
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Step 1: What You Will Need
- Arduino UNO (or any other Arduino or ESP)
- WS2812 LED strip (8 led) or WS2812 LED Ring
- TCS34725 Color Sensor
- Jumper wires
- Visuino program: Download Visuino
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Step 3: The Circuit
- Connect Color Sensor pin VCC to Arduino pin 5V
- Connect Color Sensor pin GND to Arduino pin GND
- Connect Color Sensor pin SCL to Arduino pin SCL
- Connect Color Sensor pin SDA to Arduino pin SDA
- Connect First LedStrip pin VCC to Arduino pin 5V
- Connect First LedStrip pin GND to Arduino pin GND
- Connect First LedStrip pin DIN to Arduino Digital pin 6
Step 4: Start Visuino, and Select the Arduino UNO Board Type
The Visuino: https://www.visuino.com also needs to be installed. Download Free version or register for a Free Trial.
Start Visuino as shown in the first picture Click on the “Tools” button on the Arduino component (Picture 1) in Visuino When the dialog appears, select “Arduino UNO” as shown on Picture 2
Step 5: In Visuino Add Components
- Add “Color Sensor TCS34725” component
- Add “NeoPixels” component
Step 6: In Visuino Set Components
- Double click on the “NeoPixels1” and in the “PixelGroups” window drag “Single Color” to the left and in the properties window set the “Count Pixels” to 8 <<this is the number of LEDs on the LED Stripe in this case it is 8
- Close the “PixelGroups” window
Step 7: In Visuino Connect Components
- Connect “ColorSensor1” pin I2C [Control] to Arduino pin I2C [In]
- Connect “ColorSensor1” pin [Color] to “NeoPixels1” > “Color1” pin [Color]
- Connect “NeoPixels1” pin Out to Arduino Digital pin 6
Step 8: Generate, Compile, and Upload the Arduino Code
In Visuino, at the bottom click on the “Build” Tab, make sure the correct port is selected, then click on the “Compile/Build and Upload” button.
Step 9: Play
If you power the Arduino module, and put a colored paper over the sensor the Neopixels stripe will display the paper color.
Congratulations! You have completed your project with Visuino. Also attached is the Visuino project, that I created for this tutorial, you can download it and open it in