July 30, 2012

Amazing web-controlled Multi-user Interactive Light Display

 Technologist Andrew Fisher has designed and demonstrated a beautiful multi-user interactive light display with a web-based control system, using a range of our products. The display comprises of three main components - an Ethernet-enabled board that accepts commands from the web server and controls RGB LEDs, a web interface that accepts user control of the different lights, and a web server that processes the web commands from the users and feeds them to the Arduino. The following is a short demonstration of the display at work:

The project may sound complex, however Andrew has published everything you need to get started with your own display. So for a project overview, along with links to the code and documentation - visit Andrew's site here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

To recreate your own display, apart from our Ethernet-enabled Arduino-compatible EtherTen board for the web server and hardware control - you'll need some easy to use RGB LEDs:

 Our RGB LED modules as demonstrated include a bright RGB LED on the top of the board and a WS2801 constant-current, addressable, multi-channel LED driver on the back. This smart module can be daisy-chained, so you can connect a number of these together in a string and drive each of the module colours individually from your microcontroller. For more information and to order, visit the product page.

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