FastLED with RGBW NeoPixels (SK6812)

Last fall when I was working on the now-defunct ‘Footwell NeoPixels’ project I wrote a short post talking the fact that you cannot use the FastLED library with RGBW leds, and have to deal with the clunkier Adafruit NeoPixels library.

Well last week, a man named Jim Bumgardner commented on that post and shared his method for doing just that: using the FastLED library with RGBW leds.

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How to Control Anything on Arduino Using MIDI

I’ve been messing around with MIDI for my musical floppy drive project, and it was surprisingly difficult to find detailed information on how to get started with Arduino’s MIDI library. So in this post I’m going to show you, in detail, how to use this library to control anything on an Arduino using MIDI.

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Measuring Adalight Framerate from Prismatik

Now that I’ve calculated the theoretical framerate limits, it’s time to measure the actual framerates my Adalight device is putting out.

Using a logic analyzer and an Arduino Nano, I’m going to measure the framerate at varying Prismatik “Grab Intervals” and baud rates, and compare those numbers to what my calculations predict will happen.

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Calculating Adalight Framerate Limits

I recently posted a few ideas about how to improve the framerate of an ambilight driven using the Adalight protocol. Before trying to implement some of those options, I thought it would be worthwhile to actually calculate the theoretical framerate limitations.

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Improving Adalight Framerate

As cool as I think ambilights are, using Adalight with my DIY setup has one major limitation: framerate.

Video technology works on a principle caused persistence of vision, which means that our brains still “see” an image briefly after it’s taken away. If you replace the images quickly enough, our brains interpolate the differences between them and we get an illusion of motion.

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DIY Ambilight: Videos and Gifs

Project complete! The LEDs are in place, the code is done, the PCB is built, and everything is installed and running. So what is there left to do? Shoot some videos of everything in action!

In all of these videos, the ambilight is generating colors in real time based on the monitor’s image. The monitor image is as-filmed and is not superimposed.

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