Maniacal Labs have once again taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to help take the new digital controller which has been specifically designed for analogue LED strips and aptly named the LongPixel into production.
Previously the company launched a campaign for their AllPixel USB interface which was designed to help accommodate all your LED requirements and enable control of up to 700 pixels on any popular LED modules or strips and was successfully completed early last year.
Watch the promotional video which has been created for their latest project LongPixel below to learn more about its features and functionality.
In our previous KickStarter, we brought you the AllPixel: an easy way to control various kinds of digital RGB LEDs. This time, we wanted something that would bring that same level of ease to analog RGB LEDs. Enter the LongPixel .
The LongPixel is able to drive 12-24V Common Anode RGB LED analog strips (the kind that have +V, R, G, and B wires). By using the WS2801 LED driver chip, multiple LongPixels can be chained together and treated as a “strip” of digitally addressable super-LEDs. The LongPixel can work with just about any platform that supports SPI communication, including the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, and our AllPixel LED controller. Screw terminals, standard headers, and integrated mounting points make hardware setup a snap.
The LongPixel is capable of up to 4A per channel, or 10A combined current across all 3 channels. An on-board voltage regulator supplies 5V for the control chip, so no extra power is required beyond the 12-24V LED supply.
The LongPixel is now available to back via Kickstarter with pledges starting from just $11 for early bird backers.
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