MATLAB Examples

Display Sequencing Effects on Adafruit NeoPixel

This example shows how to use the MATLAB® Support Package for Arduino® Hardware to implement sequence lighting effects on an Adafruit NeoPixel RGB LED Strip.


Hardware Requirements

  • Arduino Uno board
  • Adafruit NeoPixel RGB Strip with 30 pixels
  • External 5V power supply
  • 1000uF capacitor

Hardware Setup

  • Connect DIN pin on NeoPixel RGB strip to D6 on Arduino board.
  • Connect VCC, GND pin to external 5V power supply (recommended current rating 2 Amp for this example).
  • Connect 1000uF capacitor between the power supply terminals to supress voltage spikes.

Create Objects

Create Arduino object

a = arduino('COM10', 'Uno', 'Libraries', 'Adafruit/NeoPixel')
a = 

  arduino with properties:

                    Port: 'COM10'
                   Board: 'Uno'
           AvailablePins: {'D2-D13', 'A0-A5'}
               Libraries: {'Adafruit/NeoPixel'}

Create NeoPixel object

The following instantiation of a NeoPixel object uses the default NeoPixelType of GRB and Brightness value of 25%.

neostrip = addon(a, 'Adafruit/NeoPixel', 'D6', 30)
neostrip = 

  NeoPixel with properties:

               Pins: 'D6'
          NumPixels:  30
       NeoPixelType: 'GRB'
         Brightness:  0.250

Sequence Solo Mover

This example shows how to produce a sequential light effect by moving a color from the start of the strip to its end.

Initialize the first pixel to show cyan color

writeColor(neostrip, 1, 'cyan');

Iteratively Shift color

The color is shifted by turning off the presently lit pixel and writing color to next pixel in the sequence.

for idx = 2:neostrip.NumPixels
    writeColor(neostrip, idx-1, 'off', idx, 'cyan');
    pause(0.2);   % Introduce delay of 200ms to achieve the effect

Turn off the last pixel

writeColor(neostrip, neostrip.NumPixels, 'off');

Christmas Solo Mover

This example shows how to produce a Christmas lighting effect by lighting alternate pixels with red and green color.

Initialize the first pixel to show red color

writeColor(neostrip, 1, 'red');

Iteratively write colors to pixels

Write all even pixels green and all odd pixels red

for idx = 2:neostrip.NumPixels
    if mod(idx, 2) == 0
        writeColor(neostrip, idx, 'green');
        writeColor(neostrip, idx, 'red');
    pause(0.2)  % Introduce delay of 200ms to achieve the effect

Clean Up

clear neostrip
clear a