This instructable will show you how to make a 8x8 LED matrix in witch you can control evry single LED and create your own patterns as long as they only need 64 pixels to show them in one color.
I've added a pattern generator to create patterns but not all of it's features are complete
Step 1: Materials
Materials you need:
-8x8LED matris (can make one but i bought mine)
-8xNPN transistors (I used C547B)
-prototype board (or you can make pcb for this)
-5V power supply (you can use a voltige regulator but I just power mine from a usb port)
-PIC programmers (all the pic programmers from microchip exept for pickit1 will work)
-Software- MPLAB (free software from microchip)
-A vacum pump for removing solder is good to have
Skills you need:
-soldering skill (being capable of making good solder connections within 5-10 sec.)
-Logic thinking to some level
If this is your first experiense using microcontrollers I recommend that you start with a more simple project.