Power Pic RGB with voltage control is a circuit that generates many colors using a RGB LED.
The concept comes from Pic RGB project .
This evolution differs from the previous three in the controller method. Two independent voltages are supplied to the circuit in order to select the color (Hue) and its intensity (Value)!
The idea originally came from Artur Grycuk who wanted to interface his Theremin Music Controller with RGB Leds. The controller has two output voltages, one for volume and another for pitch, ranging from 0 to 4 and 0 to 5 volts respectively.
Power PIC RGB with voltage control - [Link]
Phil Burgess went all demo-scene on us and made a super optimized RGB matrix panel library that supports multiple panels. It uses much more RAM but in exchange, its got great refresh, color depth and low CPU usage. If you have a panel check it out! 16×32 RGB LED Matrix — Alt High Performance Library. Phil writes – [via]
What we’ve got here is a library for the 16×32 RGB LED Matrix that achieves both better refresh rates and lower CPU usage — producing steadier images and allowing more processing time for your own code. It also handles tiling of multiple panels, and the bit depth (maximum number of colors) is configurable. That’s the good news.
The bad news…as previously mentioned, it’s tied to a very specific hardware configuration. It relies on a few dirty tricks (or as a friend of mine says, “things that would get you an ‘F’ in a programming class”), and my concern is that the timing might be so delicate as to require tweaking if someone’s using even a different version of the compiler. So I’m hoping there might be a couple willing guinea pigs…
16×32 RGB LED Matrix — Alt High Performance Library - [Link]
NueWire – 8 Foot LED Pixel bar powered by Arduino & MSGEQ7. willnue writes – [via]
First a little background… Last year I built a color organ type project using the hackable GE RGB LED Christmas lights and the MSGEQ7 Graphic Equalizer Display Filter. The project changed the lights based on the audio signal presented to the MSGEQ7. I wrote several effects for the lights and changed them based on pressing a button.
Upon seeing the GE lights in all their glory a friend of mine thought it would be cool to have something similar for his entertainment center. I happened to have another set of GE lights, so I said sure no problem. Fast forward 6 months of both of us forgetting about it and me thinking up another use for the extra set of GE lights I had, so now I needed to source a new set of lights. After looking around at several options I decided on the 20mm Clear Digital RGB LED Pixels from Bliptronics/Adafruit. The LED Pixels are very bright and with the available Arduino library they are easy to control. In addition to a button to change effects in my old design I also added an IR receiver and mapped a few unused buttons on the standard FIOS remote, so now you can switch effects without ever leaving the couch!
While working on the new hardware I also came up with a few new effects, some of which are based on the audio running through the EQ and some of which are not. The EQ effects are mainly driven by 3 channels from the MSGEQ7 (Low, Mid, High). Each of the channels corresponds to a Red, Green or Blue LED in a pixel and the value of the channel as determined by the MSGEQ7 sets the intensity of the colors. This basic mapping makes for a great visualization of the music and theoretically the same song will always produce the same effect.
NueWire – 8 Foot LED Pixel bar powered by Arduino & MSGEQ7 - [Link]
Demonstrating the future of lighting, Cree, Inc. unveiled a concept LED light bulb from its lighting research and development team. Redefining what is possible with high-performance LED lighting, the lamp delivers more than 1,300 lumens at 152 lumens per watt (LPW) using Cree TrueWhite® Technology. Cree’s prototype LED light bulb exceeds the performance goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the 21st Century Lamp, the third category in its L PrizeSM competition.
“Cree’s concept lamp is a far cry from its 20th-century counterparts,” said Gerry Negley, Cree LED lighting chief technology officer and co-inventor of Cree TrueWhite Technology. “No one has fully envisioned what the lighting of the future will look like, which allows Cree to continue to innovate without constraint.” [via]
Concept 21st Century LED Lamp - [Link]
Last year I made a simple LED Christmas sign with very basic animation effects controlled by a PIC MCU. One of my friends, who visited us during the last Christmas, liked it and asked me the recipe of the project so that he could make something similar to decorate his front porch during the next Christmas. In response I gave him the link on my blog where I have described the details of the project. As Christmas is just couple months away, I got an email from him two weeks ago, saying that he has just started working on the project. He followed everything in the recipe that I have described on my blog except the PIC programming part, which he has never done before. I told him that I can send him a programmed PIC processor but he didn’t seem happy with that. In his own words, ” I don’t want any black box in the project, I want to enjoy building every part of it”. Then I had to find an alternative way of running the LED Christmas sign without using a microcontroller. So, here I am revising my previous LED Christmas sign project by replacing the PIC16F688 microcontroller in the original circuit with digital logic ICs (74HC595 and 74HC14 ). I have also added flashing LEDs around the edges of the sign to make it look more attractive.
Make your own animated LED Christmas sign - [Link]
The new AS1130 from austriamicrosystems drives 132 LEDs but requires only 5 mm² PCB space, reduces external component count, allows use of cheap connectors and requires fewer PCB (printed circuit board) layers. Benefits for end users include up to 80% longer battery lifetime, more colorful effects and smoother running animations.
Using a 12×11 cross-plexed technique, the AS1130 LED driver is targeted for dot-matrix displays in mobile phones, toys, small LED displays in personal electronics, but also non-battery powered household goods, indoor public information displays, and industrial applications such as power meters. The AS1130 drives 132 LEDs, each with an 8-bit dimming control and no external resistor required. Additionally, an 8-bit analog current control allows fine tuning of each current source to compensate for different brightness of different colors, or to adjust the white balance on RGB LEDs. austriamicrosystems’ AS1130 incorporates 36 frames of memory for small animations or for use as a buffer to reduce host processor load, saving energy and processing time. The AS1130 LED driver can also extend battery life by controlling an external power supply (e.g. charge pump) which is required when LEDs need a higher voltage than the battery can supply, allowing continuous operation even under low battery voltage conditions. [via]
Microsized driver for 132 LEDs - [Link]
There are any number of projects for which it would be handy to animate LEDs from a PC. Not a microcontroller, but a full-on PC. Media — music and video — are a natural for PCs, and tools like Max/MSP and Processing are a natural for creating media-based software sketches. (We use “PC” here in the generic “personal computer” sense, not in opposition to Mac; Using a combination of Processing and Arduino, everything shown here runs as well on Mac or Linux as it does on a Windows system!)
As a first demonstration, we’ll build a simple “Ambilight ” clone. Ambilight is a feature of some Philips televisions that projects colored light onto the wall behind the display , synchronized with the content on the screen to create an immersive effect. The authentic Philips system is well-integrated into the TV and works from any video source. Our facsimile, being computer-driven, works specifically with media content from your PC. This means its perfect for watching Youtube, TV or Movies on your PC or playing games!
Adalight – Make your own DIY Arduino-powered ambient “Ambilight”-like lighting rig - [Link]
Focus stacking assistant for EOS cameras @ Circuits@Home. [via]
One of my favorite shooting techniques is focus stacking. Many pictures on Circuits@Home site are made using this technique. I use Helicon Focus for post processing and even though this program has camera control built-in, it obviously requires a computer close to the object of shooting. In order to be able to control my camera in the field, I wanted to replace a laptop with simple lightweight controller able to move focus of camera lens and take pictures between steps. In this article, I will show how to build one from Arduino, USB Host Shield and several small parts.
Focus stacking assistant for EOS cameras - [Link]
Developers at OSRAM have achieved a breakthrough in LED technology: for the first time ever a laboratory has successfully generated a rating of 124,000 candelas for an LED spotlight with a coverage angle of 7.5 degrees. Combined with a very good colour rendering and a warm white colour temperature, LED spotlights now reach a power range that to date has been reserved for high-intensity discharge lamps. This kind of spotlight is of particular interest for architecture and shop illumination, where they create new possibilities. Thanks to such positive results in their research OSRAM contributes to the lighting market’s change of focus towards semiconductor-based technologies. [via]
LED spotlight sets new luminous intensity record - [Link]
Using PWM outputs with an Arduino and a LED @ The Custom Geek. Jeremy writes… [via]
Hi everyone, been a while since my last post, but I have been a busy new daddy. I wanted to demonstrate what PWM output was and how to use it nicely in a sketch. I’m really big on ramping lights on and off (my entire house is set up that way) and would like to share how do accomplish that. I also wanted to use a video to show PWM outputs on a scope to help me explain the process.
Using PWM outputs with an Arduino and a LED - [Link]