A part of this thesis involved working with Adafruit’s 24-neopixel, RGBW ring. I had a hard time with them right from the start, without knowing why. For months, I tried to get them to function properly. It was unclear if it was an issue of not enough power/the right amps/power, whether it was a wiring issue of some kind, or a soldering issue, or any combination of those. I even enlisted the help of three engineers. It wasn’t until I spoke with Clarence, however, that he showed me this link.
Note to self: always read the fine print. Always. I cannot think of any application whatsoever wherein someone would want the wires on the front of the neopixel display, and, quite frankly, I think these rings are a really weak product with a weak design. Why design, market, and sell a product with the wiring on the front? Strange. Anyway, happy to have realized this and moved on. Substituting an RGB 8-light neopixel stick, instead.