Standalone WiFi Fadecandy server

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This week, nemik posted a package for OpenWRT that makes it really easy to run the Fadecandy server on a cheap battery-powered WiFi router, the TP-LINK TL-MR3040. I just got my MR3040 in the mail, and I recorded a quick video demo: (Video on YouTube.) Nemik writes: I recently discovered Micah’s awesome Fadecandy USB controller for WS281x LED pixels. One of the things that I... Read More

Fadecandy: How it’s made

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I was at the Adafruit warehouse in Manhattan a couple weeks back, where we ran the first Fadecandy boards through their assembly line. The boards are now in the Adafruit catalog, and we made a video about the manufacturing process. Watch Ladyada explain how the assembly line works while I fumble with pick-and-place reels: (Video on YouTube.)  Read More

Presentation at GAFFTA Creative Code Meetup VII

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I gave a talk at the GAFFTA Creative Code Meetup back in November. It was a brief overview of my recent work including Zen Photon Garden, High Quality Zen, the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform, and Fadecandy. It includes a live demo of Fadecandy, starting at 18:43. Creative Code Meetup VII- Micah Elizabeth Scott from GAFFTA on Vimeo.  Read More

Fadecandy Controller available from Adafruit

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The Fadecandy controller (initially announced here) is a new USB interface board for making more expressive art installations using the widely available WS2811 “NeoPixel” LED strips. It controls up to 8 strips of 64 LEDs, and it includes a unique dithering algorithm to help you quickly get the best quality color from each of your LEDs. I’m happy to announce that... Read More

Fadecandy: Easier, tastier, and more creative LED art

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I’ve been working on a project lately that I’m really eager to share with the world: A kit of hardware and software parts to make LED art projects easier to build and better-looking, so sculptors and makers and multimedia artists can concentrate on building beautiful things instead of reinventing the wheel. I call it Fadecandy. Fadecandy isn’t a one-size-fits-all... Read More

LEDboard/144

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This is a 9×16 LED matrix I made by hand back in 2004, with LEDs I had left over from another, even sillier project. It has a USB interface powered by a PIC16C765 microcontroller, one of the first to feature a built-in USB device interface. This video post is something of a eulogy for the project. I have been trying to simplify and unclutter my life lately, and to that end... Read More

Lego Sky

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Over the weekend, I had a chance to finish up a project that I started (and immediately became distracted from) several weeks ago. In our house, Paul and I have a game room. This is where the video games live, as well as other assorted geekery. We have Magic cards, D&D books, some manga.. it’s super nerdy Best of all, Paul has a Lego city on display. We had been looking... Read More

R/C helicopter lights, Revision A.5

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Atmel is going to personally revoke my electrical engineering license if they ever find out what’s in that yellow heat-shrink blob, but I now have a shiny new 5 gram version of my helicopter light kit =D This version has all the same remote-control dimming and strobe capabilities of the heavier Revision A. The only practical drawback is that it isn’t quite as bright.  Read More