Archive | August, 2013

Design for Manufacturing

WS2811 vs 2812

Giving Back  Okay, this Kickstarter campaign has been going extremely well and I appreciate everyone’s interest and pledges.  I am trying to be very open with this project and share the steps involved with fulfilling this project. Planning Ahead  Prior to this Kickstarter, I have been closely watching other campaigns and the woes they had […]

How to Control the Led Matrix

Arduino Wire Connection

Hey there backers!  I have gotten a number of inquiries on how the leds are actually controlled.  The short answer is that an embedded microcontoller (uController) of some sort is needed to handle the timing control of the WS2812Bs.  Through Open Source Hardware (OSHW) and Software the code to control the leds is readily available for […]

Kickstarter Goes Live!


We have had an overwhelming response to our Kickstarter in these first few hours  and appreciate all the support we have received from everyone.  I am really looking forward to what the future holds both near term (Kickstarter) and long term!

WS2812B vs WS2811


I have been developing a number of led based projects using the WS2812 leds.  These leds are commonly available in many of the individually controllable RGB led strips.  Recently, the package of this chip has been updated.  The newest version is called the WS2812B.  This new chip operates on the same timing protocol as the […]

WS2812 Color Output


I have previously mentioned that I have been in the process of integrating the WS2812 RGB led with built-in PWM controller into a line of lighting products. You can see one of the prototype boards that we are currently testing now. The board is arranged in an 8×8 matrix and is meant to fit into […]