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Persistence of Vision (POV) is the illusion  that an image continues to persist even though the image has changed.   In essence, we are taking advantage of the limitations of the brain-eye processing time.  With a camera we can tune our eye for a longer exposure.  The Lilypad POV (row of LEDs) is a fun toy to build with minimal programming and electronic needs.

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
 You will need:
  1. 8 LEDs (though you can use more or less, probably not less than 6 for a clear image)
  2. Lilypad Arduino 
  3. Lilypad Power Supply 
  4. Conductive thread
  5. Velcro/fastener
  6. Elastic Band
Zovits5 years ago
Why did you create the ledPin6-ledPin13 variables?
They don't seem to be used anywhere.
Or is it a way to tell the Lilypad that those outputs are used to power LEDs?
quasiben (author)  Zovits5 years ago
 You're right.  I was using those variable in a previous version of the code.  I will take them out and repost.  Thanks!  For what it's worth, I am telling the Lilypad to use pins 6-13 as output using the following code:
int ledPinArray[8] = {6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13};

for(int i = 0; i < 8; i++){

Thanks for posting such a great tutorial! I am using the LilyPad USB, which has a different numbering on the pins. I have succeeded at blinking all the lights, by changing the values in the array as such:

int ground = 2; // LED connected to digital 2 "ground"
int ledPinArray[8] = {A5, A4, A3, A2, 11, 10, 9, 3};

But when I run the rest of the program, I have only two leds blinking... I am working on understanding the loop, and I think the problem is that the ledPinArray variable isn't used in the digitalWrite command in the printWord function... and since my pins are not all numerals, this is failing for me. Can you help me get my head around how the PrintWord function should look using the ledPinArray variable?  Thanks!

Actually i have the same problem now, because I am using also the LilyPad USB for my bachelor thesis. Did you solve the problem till now? Thanks in advance :)

Can I use diffrent colours of LEDs? Or have all the 8 LEDs to be in one colour?

I can't get any of my leds to flash. Everything else turns on except the leds. did I do something wrong?
quasiben (author)  monopoly_on_372125 years ago
Did you remember to set the last pin as LOW? Do the LEDs turn on at all?
csolson quasiben6 months ago

This is after it has been plugged into the computer, correct?

yes, so sorry, I was able to figure it out. Thanks so much! this is a great instructable.

I can't get my LEDs to light up. The battery red LED comes on, the green light on the lilypad flashes but the white LED's will not turn on. What should I look at?

ugly4 years ago
I know this is an old post but can I substitute a 3v button cell for the power supply?
quasiben (author)  ugly4 years ago
Yes. I hooked up a multimeter and measured a 3mA draw for a button cell (3V CR2032) a LilyPad LED and around a 3mA draw to power a LilyPad. As a large estimate: 8*3mA=24mA+3mA=27mA. The coin cell battery has between 200and 250mAh. So you should be able to power you POV wristband between 7 and 9 hrs continuously.

This is a pretty rough estimate. The current draw will actually change over time and you can't extract all the juice in a coin cell battery. For a great discussion check out: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/throw/
nedim1554 years ago
please could u test this for me

Nolava5 years ago
 Could this be modified to make "Pixel Poi"? www.feedingthefish.com/index.htm

Alerick5 years ago
Where did you buy your LEDs?
quasiben (author)  Alerick5 years ago
The leds are from sparkfun (www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php).
SirMask5 years ago
Great tutorial.  I'm teaching my kids (homeschoolers) electronics, robotics, etc.  Lots of it is new to me, although I did teach MS office, Internet, etc at one point in a traditional school (duh K-12 jail lol).  Anyway, loving this site and your posts.   
bryanbrews5 years ago
extremely cool!  I like building circuits, but this might be over my head.
Kryptonite5 years ago
This is a very cool little project, awesome piece! 5/5.
Ward_Nox5 years ago
seems like a geeky and clever way to get a girls attention at a bar
DemonDomen5 years ago
It can't be seen with the naked eye, right? You would only see the flashing lights.
quasiben (author)  DemonDomen5 years ago
Actually, you can see this with the naked eye; you just have to move fairly fast.  It does get a bit more difficult the longer the word/image is.  For example, here are some 3D globes www.youtube.com/watch that are spinning really really fast!  And for a great electronics POV kit visit adafruit.com or www.ladyada.net/make/minipov3/
nevsmom5 years ago
Where was this when I was a teenager?! Very cool.
the_gella5 years ago
 I saw this on flickr the other day, so glad you made a tutorial. Great little project!
very cool
Bongmaster5 years ago
sweet :3