Some sales jobs are easy. If it’s a hot day at the beach and you’re the one driving the ice cream truck, you pretty much just crank up the music box and you’re golden. Or maybe instead of “a hot day at the beach” and “driving the ice cream truck”, it’s “a plumbing malfunction at the rest stop” and “dispensing the hand sanitizer”; or “the rise of the undead” and “sitting on an ammo stockpile.” And instead of “Pop Goes the Weasel” on a neverending loop, it’s whatever else is analogically appropriate.
Anyway, you get the idea. Some things sell themselves, because you’ve got ‘em and people need ‘em.
We’re usually not in such a sweet situation. Our role is more like trying to convince people to buy something arbitrarily. Something that wasn’t on their mind at all before we brought it up. It can be a challenging endeavor, at which we know how it feels to fail.
That’s why we gotta hand it to Big Gemstone for inventing the “birthstone” con.
Say you’re a jewelry merchant of old, sitting Smauglike on a hoard of various sparkly minerals. They’re all different. They’re a bunch of colors, and some are scarcer than others, and probably some are easier to cut or mount or whatever (we don’t know anything about making jewelry). But the difference that bugs you especially is the differing degrees of desire they inspire in your customers.
A cost effective solution for driving a universe of pixels via E1.31 over WiFi. The controller itself fits in 1″ thin wall PVC to enable embedding with the fixture its controlling.
From a hardware perspective, the ESPixelStick is a pixel driver motherboard for the ESP8266 ESP-01 WiFi module. It provides proper power regulation for the module, a 5V tolerant programming interface, 5V buffer drive for the data line, configurable 5V/12V pixel support, fusing, and power connectors suitable for 5A of current.
From a software perspective, it is an E1.31 sACN (Streaming ACN) pixel controller that connects over a standard (802.11g/n) WiFi network. The firmware is open source and developed in the ESP8266 Arduino environment. It provides a web based configuration front-end and currently supports WS2811 / WS2812 pixels. The web based configuration is mobile friendly and makes configuration a breeze, thank to John Lassen’s web framework.
If you’re new to lighting control or DMX, I recommend doing a little reading on E1.31 sACN (Streaming ACN) which is the “DMX over Ethernet” standard. diychristmas.org and doityourselfchristmas.com are excellent resources to get you started in lighting control. Vixen 3 and xLights are two free and open source applications I recommend looking at to get you started in sequencing. Both are actively being developed and offer different angles on light sequencing.
Here are 4 modules being tested (one attached to each pixel column), driven by Vixen 3
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