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Jar of Fireflies

Simulate the behavior of fireflies with a microcontroller and some surface-mount LEDs By Xander Hudson

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Figure A: The jar of fireflies

This project uses green surface-mount LEDs along with an AVR ATtiny45 microcontroller to simulate the behavior of fireflies in a jar.

1. About this project

The inspiration for this project comes from having never lived in an area where fireflies were common and being deeply fascinated whenever I encountered them in my travels.

The flash patterns have been digitized from firefly behavioral research data found online and were modeled in Mathematica so that variations of speed and intensity could ...

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