The Starter Kit: Blinkenlights is a huge, freely programmable display. It consist of 200 independently controllable full-color RGB LED pixels that can be changed up to 100 times per second. Possible applications are vast. The kit can be used to create party games, exhibition presentations, fancy mood lighting and custom displays of any kind.
The basic kit comes with one Master Brick, one LED Strip Bricklet 2.0, four 50 LED Pixel sets, one LED power supply, four wall mounting plates, one perforated board, one front panel and all necessary cables and mounting materials. The basic kit can be controlled over USB by any (Embedded-) PC (e.g. Raspberry Pi), laptop, server or tablet.
The kit can be extended by other Tinkerforge products. In game applications the Giant Game Pad can be used for controls. The Piezo Speaker Bricklet can provide background music and the Segment Display 4x7 can show a score. It is possible to play pong with two Dual Button Bricklets.
With the Ethernet Extension the USB interface can be changed to Ethernet, to allow smart phone or tablet controlled applications. A larger display can be created by attaching more LED Pixels to the kit.
A demo application implements clones of Tetris and Pong and includes different non-game applications. For example, it can show customizable scrolling text in different colors on the display, it shows rainbows, customizable image sets with configurable durations and can warm your heart with a virtual fire. The games can be controlled by a PC keyboard but can be also be controlled by customizable touch pads when using the Multi Touch Bricklet (Giant Game Pad) or by Dual Button Bricklet.
Content of this kit:
- 1x Master Brick
- 1x LED Strip Bricklet 2.0
- 4x RGB LED Pixels (50pcs)
- 1x USB Cable 180cm
- 1x Bricklet Cable 15cm (7p-10p)
- 4x Wago 2-Wire Terminal Block
- 6x Wago 3-Wire Terminal Block
- 4x Wago 5-Wire Terminal Block
- 3x Mounting Kit 9mm
- 3x Mounting Kit 12mm
- 1x 5V 8A AC/DC Power Adapter
- 5m 2x2.5mm² Stranded Wire
- 1x Perforated Board 80x40cm (black)
- 1x Front Panel 90x50cm (white)
- 4x Wall Mounting Plate (for wall peg)
- 2x Dowel and wall peg
- Cable Straps
A small video that shows some applications and the construction of the kit is available on Youtube:
Property Value Maximum Update Rate (LED Strip Bricklet) 100Hz (per Pixel) RGB resolution (LED Strip Bricklet) 3 x 8bit Luminous Intensity 1600mcd per pixel Number of RGB Pixels 10 x 20 Dimensions (W x D x H)40 x 80 x 7cm (without front panel)50 x 90 x > 7cm* (with front panel) Weight 4kg (assembled kit)
The following Add-ons can be used to extent the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights.
Note: To use two or more of the Bricklet Add-ons (Dual Button, Piezo Speaker, Segment Display 4x7 and Multi Touch) the Blinkenlights Master Add-on is required as well.
Blinkenlights Dual Button Add-on
With this Add-on the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights can be extended with two Dual Button Bricklets, that can be used to play Pong.
Blinkenlights Piezo Speaker Add-on
With this Add-on the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights can be extended with a Piezo Speaker Bricklets, that can be used to add sound effects.
Blinkenlights Segment Display 4x7 Add-on
With this Add-on the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights can be extended with a Segment Display 4x7 Bricklets, that can be used to display high score and status values.
Blinkenlights Multi Touch Add-on
With this Add-on the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights can be extended with a Multi Touch Bricklet and a Giant Game Pad, to make playing games more fun.
Blinkenlights Master Add-on
With this Add-on the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights can be extended with a Master Brick to support more Bricklets.
The LED Strip Bricklet requires extra RAM to drive the 200 RGB LED Pixels (see RAM constraints for details). This means that there is only one useable Bricklet Port left on the Master Brick in the Starter Kit: Blinkenlights. An additional Master Brick is required to use more than one of the other Blinkenlights Add-ons. That's exactly what this Add-on provides.
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