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

Graphic Poi using ws2811 and Teensy 3.0

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

teensy 3.0 micro controller with CC3000 breakout board

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

a quick first attempt to photograph the light staff

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

scrolling text tophat

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

POV using ws2811 leds

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

Moving from one bmp image to the next on the sd Card

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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ws2811 and POV

Using the Teensy with led strips for pixel poi

well, I have been experimenting with using the ws2811 high density strips for persistence of vision batons (pixel poi) using the Teensy3 to run the show. Unfortunately, the chips inside the WS2811 leds just aren’t fast enough, as you can see from the image below: the problem is that the frequency of PWM is too slow. Its unfortunate as this strip is 144leds/m, and that gives a nice length of poi for 60 pixels. oh […]

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FastSPI_LED2 Teensy 3 and const array access

Visual comparison of WS2811 strip with individual LEDS

So, I am moving my Graphic (Pixel) POI over to using a different LED and Microprocessor. The reason for this is to experiment with using a high density prebuilt strip of LEDs. These strips are 144led/m, individually addressable. To do this I need to use the new driver library for FastSPI. The new library is called FastSPI_LED2 and drives the WS2811 pixels slightly differently. This meant that the syntax for determining the colour of each […]

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