Step 1: Getting The Measurements
Step 2: Making The Boards
Step 3: Adding The Boards To The Sign
Step 4: Cutting & Soldering The Wire
Here is a video that I made to show my buddy a preview of the project.
Step 5: Connecting The Logo Together
Step 6: EL Wire & More LEDs
Step 7: Stand To Mount The Logo
Step 8: Electronics
The receiver contains four Atmega328 chips with the Arduino bootloader also four N-Channel Mosfets to help control the RGB LEDs and the inverter. The four 328s can transfer information using the i2c bus.
A1(atmega1) - receives the wireless data from the main controller and executes the commands given. A1 turns on the RGB LED strip behind the logo and the strip taped on top of the box cover (these LEDs are connected to PWM pins). This chip also turns on and off the inverter to control the EL Wire. A1 also acts as a master of the i2c bus. It sends commands to 3 slaves A2, A3, and A4 based on the commands received by the main controller.
A2 - currently controls only the inside portion of the logo (R&R).
A3 - controls the top partial circle.
A4 - controls the bottom partial circle.
I know that at the moment this is overkill but we are planning to add lots of sensors, more EL Wire, and a lot MORE LEDs to the stage. I have added the code for anyone that wants to check it out. Currently it only turns on and off the RGB colors of the LEDs but I will update the code as I add to it.