Arduino Projects

In 2018, I got the idea to start tinkering with electronics after seeing a demo of accelerometer-powered LED wings that a friend had made his wife for a concert. I’d always felt a little intimidated by the hobbyist electronics market, but after getting introduced to Adafruit: https://learn.adafruit.com/ and seeing how accessible everything was now, I decided to take the plunge and build an audio-reactive hoodie

One of the biggest challenges I ended up running into was trying to debug the code in conjunction to the hardware, including:

  1. Realizing that the 5 volt power coming from my USB cable wasn’t enough to power the LEDs I had chosen
  2. Working with the smaller boards meant I had to now work within the limitation on onboard RAM, so I had to pick and choose the debug statements that were most important

After several days of debugging the prototype, I had finally assembled the full thing, where I took it to a concert and it became a hit among my friends!

Full video of the final product can be found here:

I’ve since completed several other projects, including:

A custom-built keyboard

A Ragnaros-themed LED hat that I wore for Blizzcon

A Christmas-themed Ork Great Hall with a flashing red and green LED strip that also plays “Jingle Bells” off the onboard speaker. I’ve since used this project as a piece of terrain in my Warhammer: 40,000 games!

Links to the code for all of which can be found here:

https://github.com/kanekirsten07/KirstenArduino

Author: Kirsten

Hello there! Welcome to my website. My name is Kirsten Kane, a native of Southern California, avid gamer and esports fan, amatuer Kart racer, craft beer enthusiast, and an alumnus in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. I am currently working as a Test Analyst at Blizzard Entertainment on the Battle.net Accounts & Commerce Core team. Formerly, I was an SQA Engineer in Test Automation at Lexmark Enterprise Software (formerly Kofax) one of their flagship products, Kofax Total Agility. In my spare time, I love to create video games, both on my own or with a club team. I spent two years at the Video Game Development Club at UCI where I created a number of games in Unity and Unreal engine that you will find featured on this website!

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