not all pixel poi leds are equal – beware

I have been through a number of different spec leds over the last few years, and this a warning, beware, not all led pixels are equal. Look at the specs and do your research as they are manufactured for different reasons, and so have different specs and limitations. Some, like the WS2811, are manufactured in high density strips and are really easy to construct into batons, BUT… they have a timing issue and colour set […]

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Artnet (art-net) and micro controllers

I finally have artnet working with the Teensy 3 micro controller / development board. The result is a simple and cost effective way to control led lighting from your computer via the ethernet cable output. Using this set up you can control hundreds of leds, output video to leds, or whatever. You will need to use some software on your computer as an artnet output, I use pixelcontroller. This is free and robust, and fast […]

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pixel poi, visual poi, graphic poi are all the same thing

I have had a few people ask me about the difference between pixel poi, graphic poi and visual poi. Well, they are all names for the same thing. However, the term pixel poi is a registered trade mark of the Feeding the Fish performance group, as “pixel-poi” with a hyphen I believe. Thats why other companies selling and using these types of poi use different names. Here’s an image of a pixel poi, graphic poi, […]

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Wireless control of Led matrix using Teensy 3.0 and adafruit cc3000

This is a small project to control an led matrix using wifi, set up to go over a local router. The idea is simply to have a system whereby the led matrix will play animations from software running on a computer that is further away from the led matrix, or where using cables is not wanted. The set up currently works for an array of 8 by 30 leds and uses the freeware pixelcontroller software: […]

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light painting

Light painting seems a logical progression to the led pov sticks. As the WS2811 leds aren’t too good for the POV work, I thought that I may as well use them for something else. They are fine for use in slower moving projects and static projects so I put together a light staff for light painting: Take a look at the light painting page where I will post some images and a description  

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scrolling text top hat

So, I finally managed to get the top hat sorted out using the Teensy 3.0 and the scrolling text code to display messages. A short video of it is below. The Leds in the strip are bright enough to shine through a very thin mesh that I used to hide the leds strips. Its actually a piece of material from a pair of tights. the hat has two controls at the back, one is an […]

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Led graphic poi displaying BMP image from SD card

The Graphic poi (pixel poi) project is now coming to a close. The final stage was to enable the leds to be updated from a series of BMP files held on an SD card. This way, it is possible to hold a large number of images on the device. The poi run off a Teensy 3 micro controller (see the other posts about this). I’m not happy with the result from these WS2811 leds, they […]

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led POV and BMP from SD card with Teensy 3

I have been looking at storing a larger volume of predefined images and displaying these on the Pixel / Graphic poi. Well, it finally seems to be working. Using the Teensy 3.0 with an SD card breakout board, the poi can grab the data from the SD card using the usual file format (Fat), with a 24bit BMP file. The files are only 60 pixels wide, as thats the number of leds on the poi, […]

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