As you may know I got an Arduino for Christmas and recently found the GE Color Effects lights I've been looking for, The lights are full color rather bright LEDs, that are individually addressable. I've got the lights working under Arduino control, it's pretty cool, 1 pin to send data, no be cable rats nest to drive the LED!
So, what I'm looking for are people interested in helping me build out useful stuff. I've found Arduino code to run an LED 5x7 matrix, and believe I have correctly reduced the "font" down to 4x5 so I'd be able to get almost 2 full characters of scrolling alphanumeric signage. (My string is only 36 LEDs sadly)
[I don't know that we want or need a permanent sign, especially such a small one, but I thought it would be a cool hack to have available for Maker Faire, assuming we get organized and host one this year]
What I could use help with is:
- building an array or two to convert the matrix code to output correctly for my address scheme
- build a modular box or set of boxes to hold the LEDs in "sign mode"
- I'm open to other ideas, a Tetris setup for the windows is one
If you are interested in helping out let me know, the wiki supports code syntax colorization so I think I'll put the two existing sketches there, and maybe a picture or two of the lights running.