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RGB-123 meets Espruino

Very early on into this Kickstarter I partnered with Gordon Williams of Espruino.  Gordon backed RGB-123 very early on.  Because of his great Kickstarter I wanted to offer an option to all of you for an example of how to control these leds.  As such, I sent Gordon a 16×16 matrix to see what he could […]

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 […]

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 […]

Neomatrix Scrolling


The folks at Adafruit worked extensively in coordination with Phil Burgess at PaintYourDragon to come up with this easy and intuitive scrolling matrix code that works with the WS2812 LEDs that are in many of their products as well as our matrices. Here I have ganged up eight early prototypes of the 8×8 Matrices to […]