I've added a pattern generator to create patterns but not all of it's features are complete
Step 1: Materials
-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.
Step 2: The circuit
NOTE that you will need to look at the datasheet of your led matrix (if you bought one) or know how to connect the matrix you made
Step 3: The code.
This code is based on the code from http://www.instructables.com/id/3x3x3-LED-Cube/ but you can not use the genorator that he supplys sense it only has 27 diodes and is has "layer1 layer2 layer3" insted of "line1...." and also has only got 3x8 bit numbers while have 8x8 bit numbers
NOTE the letters in this code may display in reverse sense I accidentally reversed the ground in my display.