A new collaboration between Adafruit & Micah from Scanlime, we are
excited to introduce Fadecandy, a NeoPixel driver with built in
dithering, that can be controlled over USB. Fadecandy is not just
hardware! It is a kit of both hardware and software parts that make
LED art projects easier to build and better-looking so sculptors and
makers and multimedia artists can concentrate on beautiful things
instead of reinventing the wheel. It's an easy way to get started and
an advanced tool for professionals. It's a collection of simple parts
that work well together:
* Firmware that uses unique dithering and color correction
algorithms to raise the bar for quality while getting out of the way
of your creativity.
* Open source hardware for connecting cheap and popular WS2811 based
LEDs to a laptop, desktop, or Raspberry Pi over USB.
* Fadecandy Server Software, which communicates with one Fadecandy
board or dozens. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, and on
embedded platforms like Raspberry Pi.
* The Open Pixel Control  protocol, a simple way of getting pixel
data from your creative tools into the Fadecandy server.
* Libraries and examples for popular languages. We have Python and
* LEDs! Fadecandy works with Adafruit's popular WS2811/WS2812 LEDs.
Each controller board supports up to 512 LEDs, arranged as 8 strips of
Headers are not included - have a look at the accessoires!
Fadecandy is designed to enable art that is subtle, interactive, and
playful - exploring the interplay between light, form, and shadow. If
you're tired of seeing project after project with frenetic blinky
rainbow fades, you'll appreciate how easy it is to create expressive
It's also battle tested! The firmware was originally developed to run
the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform, a Burning Man project which used
2500 LEDs to project ever-changing rolling cloud patterns onto the
interior of a translucent plastic sculpture. It used five Fadecandy
boards, a single Raspberry Pi, and the effects were written in a
mixture of C and Python. The lighting on this project blew people
away, and it made me realize just how much potential there is for
creative lighting, but it takes significant technical drudgery to get
beyond frenetic-rainbow-fade into territory where the lighting can
really add to an art piece instead of distracting from it.
* Github Repository 
 https://github.com/scanlime/fadecandy … more
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