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JHinkle
09-23-2017, 09:16 PM
I am pleased to present a new Pixel Controller offered exclusively thru HolidayCoro:

EasyLights Pix16 and its supporting Web Site – EasyLights.com for total system integration.

The board measures 7.9 inches wide by 6.6 inches tall – which is taller than most pixel controller boards. The added height has allowed us to provide a better user experience as will be described below.

The Power board is a four layer, two ounce copper PCB, and the CPU board is four layer, 1 ounce copper PCB.

Power Board features:

The board is capable of driving 65 universes of pixel illumination data at 40 frames/sec – or a frame timing of 25 msec . That’s a total of 10,880 pixels plus 512 DMX channels

That capability converts into 16 ports at 4 universes per port – or 680 pixels per port.

The board contains four 32 bit ARM microprocessors that contain custom SPI hardware NOT found on most microcontrollers. Pixel data is not generated via bit-banging as is done in most micros but is accomplished by high-speed 32 bit shift registers designed to operate as if implemented in a FPGA. This implementation provides rock-solid high-speed pixel communication, achieving performance levels previously possible only with an FPGA.

Each port is protected by a 5 amp mini fuse.

Each port has a “Blown Fuse” indicator LED. Unlike other implementations of blown fuse indicators, EasyLights Pix16 board only illuminate the LED when the fuse is blown. (Normally OFF; ON indicates Failure). Another capability of the board is that it can detect a “Blown Fuse” condition and send an alert to the EasyLights cloud infrastructure, which can then alert the user via email, text message or other configurable means.

Each port has replaceable line termination and driver chips – we also provide a spare driver chip.

The ports use EURO style plug connectors to connect your pixel strings to the board.

The board was made taller for the following reasons:

1. Spacing between EURO plug connectors was increased so it is very easy to un-plug the connectors using just your fingers – no tools required.

2. The fuses and “Blown Fuse” indicator LEDs are positioned above the EURO connectors. This makes them very easy to access and their view is NOT blocked by the pixel string wiring.

Board Power and Ground wiring is connected to the board via a screw-down terminal block. Our testing found that the use of a EURO style connector for Power did not meet our design criteria for strength, contact resistance, and thermal stress. The power terminal block easily accepts a 10-gauge wire securely screwed into place.

Power to the 16 ports is provided by two banks of power and ground block terminals. The two banks are identified as A and B where A feeds pixel outputs 1 thru 8 and B feeds pixel outputs 9 thru 16. Power to the CPU daughter board and all power board electronics is derived from Bank A – so Bank A must always be powered in order for the CPU board to receive power. Each Power Bank can handle a maximum of 32 amps at 13.5 volts. Input Voltage should not be allowed to droop below 4.6 volts.

Bank A feeds power to the various voltage regulators used throughout the system. The power path to these regulators has reverse battery protection so the electronics are protected if you accidently switch the PLUS and GND connections to Bank A.

NOTE: Reverse battery protection is NOT provided to your pixel strings. We designed and built an earlier prototype that DID have that capability – BUT – even using very low milliohm FETS – they glowed very HOT when driving the board at full capability of 64 amps (32 amps each bank). As a result of our testing and cost to performance analysis the feature was removed.

The board monitors total current flowing in from each of the Power Banks via on-board current sensors. The current readings have a resolution of .25 amps based on part tolerances. The board constantly monitors current and reports to the EasyLights cloud infrastructure (which can send an email, text or other notification to the user) upon an over current condition. The board also takes dynamic action in the event of an over-current condition by progressively reducing all pixel illumination in 10% increments until the over-current condition is resolved. This action provides protection to the board and pixels when the event occurs.

The board provides two possible DMX connections: A vertical mounted CAT 5 style connector and a EURO style connector – only one may be used at a time.

The board utilizes five “Tall Hat” switches that can be easily be pressed even in the cold with gloves on.

The board utilizes LEDs to convey to the user the state of illumination data going into and out of the board. This allows the user to monitor data coming from the CPU daughter board and SPI data being sent to the pixels.

Each of the 16 pixel outputs can have different types of pixel strings attached, except when using TLS3001 pixels. With TLS3001 pixels, all four pixel outputs in the group (1-4, 5-8, 9-12 or 13-16) must be set to the TLS3001 signaling protocol.

Each pixel output can drive up to 680 pixels. The pixels can be set up as a single string or can be divided into multiple segment strings. Each pixel output can support up to 9 segments.

Each string/segment is defined as follows:

1. Starting channel number
2. Number of pixels in string or segment.
3. String Type (if segmented – all segments must use compatible types) – i.e WS2811, WS2812B, TLS3001, etc,
4. Group Count – information for a SINGLE pixel can drive multiple pixels.
5. Direction – is pixel data associated with the first to last or last to first
6. RGB configuration – map the three lighting channels to properly display Red, Green, Blue.
7. Null Pixels – the number of Pixels at the start of the string/segment that will be driven black.
8. Zig Zag – is the string/segment linear or does it Zig Zag back and forth – meaning does the Direction change.
9. Zig Zag Count – how many pixels in one leg of the Zig Zag
10. Brightness. You can drive your pixels from 100% down to 10% illumination intensity. Great way to control your Power Injection requirements. The board over-rides this control when an Over-Current situation takes place thereby lowering drive current.
11. Gamma profiles – pick a Gamma Curve to map your lighting values to the perceived illumination you wish to achieve.

The board has an “External Trigger” input. The trigger can be configured to indicate an event with a HI or LO input signal. Input signal HI can range from 5 volts to 12 volts.

Upon a trigger activation, the possible actions the board can take are:

1. Send a UDP message to some external device or to a web site.
2. Play a sequence file if in Standalone mode.
3. Start or Stop a schedule if in Standalone mode.
4. Stop a sequence that is playing if in Standalone mode.


CPU Board features.

The CPU board is a daughter board mounted to the Power board.

The combined board set can be operated in one of two modes:

1. Standalone Audio-Sequence play mode.

2. E131 Slave mode.

In E131 Slave mode, the board accepts E131 data (up to 65 universes at 40 fps) via the CAT 5 Ethernet network ports. If the wired Ethernet network is private (does not have access to the internet) it is possible and recommended that the WiFi be enabled as well, and connected to an access point with Internet access. By doing so, you can operate on a private network for sequence data and still have the benefits of monitoring and firmware updates via a WiFi connection to the Internet.

WiFi is NOT used to deliver E131 data.

In Standalone mode, no other hardware is required; no Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or PC to purchase or to program. The EasyLights Pix16 board is totally integrated with EasyLights.com to provide an easy, non-technical, way of animating lights to music. Completely, ready-to-use sequences can be purchased, and existing sequences can also be uploaded, both at EasyLights.com, which are then automatically downloaded to the board along with the user’s Play Schedule and Play lists. The board communicates directly with EasyLights.com using the CAT 5 Ethernet network cable or the on-board WiFi. Super EASY!

The CPU Board provides two vertical RJ-45 Ethernet style connectors connected with an onboard 100 Mbps network switch. Boards can be easily daisy-chained together by using these switch connectors. It is not necessary to “home run” network cabling back to a central router or switch.

The CPU board utilizes an onboard WiFi device to communicate with EasyLights.com in the event the user wishes to use the Ethernet network as a private network not connected to the Internet.

When more than one EasyLights Pix16 board is used in a display (in Standalone mode) – you can identify one board as the master and the remainder as slaves. All boards communicate with each other and are in sync via the Wired network or via WIFI.

The CPU board utilizes an RTC (Real Time Clock) which is updated automatically upon each startup when communication with EasyLights.com takes place. The RTC is backed up by a Super Capacitor which enables the board to keep time even if powered off for 45 days or longer. The RTC provides accurate time-of-day information when playing schedules in Standalone Mode.

The CPU board provides access to a 32 GB micro SD card. The SD card is used to hold Standalone Sequence files, schedules, and Play Lists.

The CPU board provides multiple LEDS which are used to convey operational events to the user.

The CPU board has two buttons: A RESET button and a MFG button.

The CPU board provides a 4 line, 16 characters per line, OLED display.

The CPU board provides an external cable connector to the EasyLights FM-Audio board.

The CPU board provides automatic checking and downloading of updated firmware. If the CAT 5 network or the WIFI is connected to EasyLights.com, firmware is automatically checked and optionally (user has the option to disable) updated as required. No special tools or technical knowledge is required. Super Easy!!!


FM-Audio Board features:

EasyLights’ Custom FM-Audio board is connected to the CPU board via a ribbon cable.

The board provides the following capabilities:

1. Stereo Audio LINE out (1v P-P) capable of driving any audio device with a line-in port.

2. On board 700 mw audio amp and small speaker. This speaker is intended to aid the user in hearing the audio during Standalone mode Setup. It is NOT loud!!! The volume level is controllable via EasyLights.com and can be heard up to about 2 to 3 feet distance.

3. FM Transmitter. The FM-Audio Board will have completed FCC certification testing by the end of September. The transmit power meets FCC regulations so DO NOT EXPECT to transmit more than 200. The FM board can perform an FM band scan and report signal strength back to EasyLights.com where the user can view the local FM spectrum and select the best FM station to transmit on. FM channel selection is accomplished via EasyLights.com.


EasyLights.com features:

I will provide an overview of our web site’s capabilities. Please note that not all of the capabilities may be available at initial launch but will come on-line soon afterwards.

One location to manage all of the EasyLights boards that make up your display – from one board to many.

Provides a web store of pre-designed sequences – music and lighting for Standalone operation.

Provides the capability to upload your personal LOR or Xlights sequences and audio and convert them to the format required for Standalone playback on the EasyLights Pix16.

Provides a drag-and-drop playlist and schedule editor to manage showtimes and content of shows. Automatically pushes purchased or uploaded sequences (lighting and audio data) to all of your connected boards.

Provides monitoring and reporting of critical operational conditions: Over/Under Voltage, Over-Current conditions, and Blown Fuse situations. Immediate event reporting to the user via email or text messaging.

Provides the capability of managing an EasyLights Pix16 board’s E131 and Pixel Output configurations. Save the boards configuration online and replace it with a previously saved configuration – save time - super easy – super fast.

Provides a way of editing E131 and Pixel Output configurations for the EasyLights Pix16 board. This capability will be released late 2017. Until then, the website provided directly from the board’s onboard web server is used to define and edit those configurations.

HolidayCoro’s New Enclosure – Larger than a CG-1500 enclosure

Enclosure easy accepts two power supplies, an EasyLights Pix 16 board, and a FM-Audio board. All boards have holes that match attachment bosses.

Hint – the EasyLights Pix16 is too tall to fit into a CG-1500 with a power supply. Our commercial customers prefer the new enclosure OR use two enclosures that are sized to fit their needs – one for the controller and one for the power supply. This combination allows for better heat management and easier power supply replacement in case of failure.


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tucsonlights
09-23-2017, 11:52 PM
Looks awesome Joe! What is the price point?

JHinkle
09-24-2017, 08:52 AM
I think I pulled the trigger on posting a day too early. I was suppose to wait until HolidayCoro had it posted on their site. I saw their product post but it turns out its not public yet.

HolidayCoro has the EasyLights Pix16 priced at $209.

darylc
09-24-2017, 10:02 PM
and US$90 for the FM transmitter board - http://www.holidaycoro.com/EasyLights-FM-Transmitter-and-Speaker-Add-on-Board-p/931.htm

ukewarrior
09-25-2017, 11:17 AM
80 Amps at 12v? That 960 watts !

Did you guys actually pull 5amps through each output at once?

JHinkle
09-25-2017, 01:24 PM
80 Amps at 12v? That 960 watts !

Did you guys actually pull 5amps through each output at once?

Sorry - I don't understand 80 amps. Are you referring to the 5 amp fuse associated with each port?

Fuses only protect shorts on the ports V+ pin.

We did test to 64 amps plus - I purchased 100 watt - 3 ohm power resistors and wired them to each of the ports V+ pins. this gave use 4 amps per port or a total of 64 amps per board.

I was surprised that 100+ pixels per port - all at white - can easily go above 38 amps per bank - close to 80 amps per board - with no power injection.

Board is designed for 32 amps per bank (64 amps per board) - we have run them for hours that way. The HinksPix had Euro connectors as the power connectors. Even though those connectors were rated at 40+ amps they had minimal contact area. If you had applied solder to the wires to keep wire strands together, you can have an even smaller contact area. Our testing indicated that Euro power connectors did not meet our design criteria because of the high contact resistance that can occur and then the associated very high temperatures - hot enough to melt the Euro connector. That's why we went with the screw down terminal block - much better contact resistance and thermal design.



Joe

Utimgr
09-25-2017, 04:15 PM
EasyLights.com appears to be just a parking page?

JHinkle
09-25-2017, 04:24 PM
EasyLights.com appears to be just a parking page?

We are finalizing on the site's design now and doing extensive testing between the site and the EasyLights boards.

The site will be on line before the end of October.

Joe

angus40
09-25-2017, 04:47 PM
This is excellent news Joe .

I am really pleased that you are providing FCC rules conforming audio .

This will provide more than just peace of mind .

With the rules and regulations here where I live now a days , it is like we are living under a microscope .




Fiction for humour only >>

Dogs for example will soon need to be fitted with diapers prior to daily walks .

Life Insurance Companies are considering zone taxes based on air quality readings in areas where a client lives .

We are also starting to see lawyers with their hands in their own pockets for a change !

:nasty: Lmao .

Looking forward to Easylights.Com up and running

vinc40530
09-25-2017, 07:10 PM
since the time I expect it lol, on the contrary pity that it has only 65 universe

angus40
09-25-2017, 07:30 PM
since the time I expect it lol, on the contrary pity that it has only 65 universe

I thought Crazy Talk is for voice and animations .

Ah , I see your in France :) can you translate to English lol.

vinc40530
09-27-2017, 01:58 PM
yes lol but google has difficult to translate by sorry moment

gentzleon
10-19-2017, 10:36 PM
Joe, any more info on this. Anxiously waiting for the website to become love and see what the hinkspix can do.

OriginalHotrodder
10-22-2017, 11:58 AM
I can't find the Pix16 on HolidayCoro only the FM transmitter. Also no luck getting on your download page Joe (connection refusal error). Will HLS be hosted on the EasyLights page?

JHinkle
10-23-2017, 01:38 PM
Sorry for the delay - I just got down to the FL Keys and the devastation. I have a lot of cleanup inside and outside my home.

HolidayCoro will post the new board/system when the new web site is launched - scheduled the end of October.

Joe

gentzleon
10-29-2017, 06:47 PM
Well it seems the easylights website will not come live before halloween..

JHinkle
11-02-2017, 02:05 PM
HolidayCoro has released the Easylights Pix16 for sale.


http://www.holidaycoro.com/EasyLights-Cloud-RGB-Pixel-Controller-with-Player-p/921.htm


We are delayed in getting the EasyLights Web site up to the point where it meets our specification for "Customer Satisfaction" - will be live in early 2018.

When the EasyLights Web site is "live" - all the board "Web Based" features will be available - Stand Alone operation, etc.

Currently, the board is a great E131 pixel controller with features not available elsewhere - and will be even better when the web site comes alive.

I hope you enjoy.

Joe

ccrowder
11-02-2017, 03:14 PM
Very cool! Been loving my beta board. Thanks for all your hard work. Hope you house is coming along!

stenersonj
11-02-2017, 03:29 PM
No problem, my beta board does everything and more that I need to do.

gentzleon
11-02-2017, 08:24 PM
Alright, finally some news.. Thanks Joe...working great so far.. Will be put to the test this christmas...

angus40
11-06-2017, 12:26 AM
EasyLights controller at play >

Another excellent controller from Mr. Hinkle & Holiday Coro


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIhjlDRY978&feature=youtu.be

Rulos
11-09-2017, 12:49 PM
do you know how many Pixels one Falcon controller can connect?

and has anybody used this controller yet, EasyLights™ Cloud-Based Pixel Controller with Built-in WiFi and Network Switch - V3 ?

Thanks

ccrowder
11-09-2017, 12:57 PM
A number of us have tried the beta board (went under name hinkpix) which is basically the same thing. It works well and I have had zero issues with it. I will say my display is nothing complicated or what but setup was nice and easy and stuff just worked as expected.

angus40
11-09-2017, 03:09 PM
do you know how many Pixels one Falcon controller can connect?

and has anybody used this controller yet, EasyLights™ Cloud-Based Pixel Controller with Built-in WiFi and Network Switch - V3 ?

Thanks

Sorry I have not researched that controller .
You may want to post that question in the Pixel controller forum as this is a thread for the Easylights Pix16 .

IMO how many pixels a controller can connect is not a practical question any more .
How well a controller will connect to and control pixels is a more reasonable question .

In the video above I am using the EasyLights Pix16 controller .
They are absolutely excellent controllers.
The Pixels are Tls 3001 series light at 10% which removes the need for and cost of adding power injection.
EasyLights controllers are designed for ease of use and loaded with features .
I do not believe there are many controllers that truly support 25 msec sequences which the Easylights does.

Joe Hinkle the creator of the HinksPix and the Easylights controllers has posted very detailed explanations on each .

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?44971-HinksPix16-Beta-Release-of-NEW-16-port-Pixel-Controller

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?47944-EasyLights-Pix16-Cloud-based-WIFI-3-Port-Ethernet-Switch-Pixel-Controller

Rulos
11-10-2017, 01:25 PM
looks great , How many pixels are you driving in that tree from one card at 10% brightness?

I order a PIX 16 and Falcon yesterday to compare, I hope all the sweet features from PIX 16 will be enabled soon.


Thank you

angus40
11-10-2017, 05:06 PM
looks great , How many pixels are you driving in that tree from one card at 10% brightness?

I order a PIX 16 and Falcon yesterday to compare, I hope all the sweet features from PIX 16 will be enabled soon.


Thank you

Congratulations ! You have purchased premium controllers .

My current tree is a 180° 32 strings of 42 count 5v pixels , I have 32 more strings to add but run out of time .

I used 2 controllers and each is controlling 672 pixels .
One controller would be more than sufficient on almost any other pixel type without injection but I am using Tls 3001's .
Therefore I am limited to approx 63 pixels without injection.

For example , the 5v ws2812b pixels are no problem @ 84 pixels without injection.

Also for a single controller having 16 ports , I would need to reconfigure all my sequences .

Things to do in 2018 .

Cheers

Rulos
11-14-2017, 10:41 PM
I receive my PIX16 card and I started to connect an learn everything I appreciate some help on how to get started.

If someone can let me know what steps I need to follow and where to connect my computer to the card and how to start with configuration, and a simple way to start using Vixen with this card.

Anything helps and I really appreciate it.

Thank you!

angus40
11-14-2017, 10:54 PM
Helpful videos here >

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?44971-HinksPix16-Beta-Release-of-NEW-16-port-Pixel-Controller

Rulos
11-19-2017, 04:11 AM
Hello I purchase a bunch of Pixel with IC 2818 does the PIX 16 controller can be enabled to controll this type of pixels?

Please i need to know since i have purchased thousands of this,

thank you

JHinkle
11-19-2017, 10:09 AM
I don't have a string of 2818 to confirm, but looking at the specifications they should work just fine.

They are in the same family as 2811, 2812, and 2813.

If you have an issue, which I doubt, send me a string and I will return it in a couple of days with a code adjustment that will enable it to work.

Again, I think 2818 will work just fine.

Joe

Rulos
11-20-2017, 03:22 AM
Yes they did work thank you,

Now I’m figuring out how to connect DMX flood lights, how do you connect from the controller DMX this type of XLR input https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171120/75e9b7a8740e7f191c2cfa6a64ffbe84.jpg

And how do you program from vixen the DMX lights ?

I appreciate any help thank you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

JHinkle
11-20-2017, 09:28 AM
I was sure WS2818 would be OK - thanks for confirming.

I don't know about the DMX connector - I suspect two active RS485 lines and Ground.

I know nothing about Vixen - I suggest posting your Vixen/DNX question in another thread.

Joe

angus40
11-20-2017, 03:09 PM
Yes they did work thank you,

Now I’m figuring out how to connect DMX flood lights, how do you connect from the controller DMX this type of XLR input https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171120/75e9b7a8740e7f191c2cfa6a64ffbe84.jpg

And how do you program from vixen the DMX lights ?

I appreciate any help thank you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Your connector looks like a 3 pin male waterproof pixel pigtail . You would need to have the mating female connector and check the
manufacturers documentation for the proper V+ , V- and Gnd pinout configuration of the DMX fixture .

roosterfreddy
01-17-2018, 04:38 AM
Do you have a date yet when the EasyLight web page will be operational

JHinkle
01-17-2018, 08:15 AM
Thanks for asking.

The EasyLights web site will be open to the public this summer at which time all the additional capabilities of our controllers will be available at that time also.

Joe

MarshallMCH
02-09-2018, 06:03 PM
Thanks for asking.

The EasyLights web site will be open to the public this summer at which time all the additional capabilities of our controllers will be available at that time also.

Joe

Is there a cost for the cloud portal? Do you have any screenshots yet? Thanks.

JHinkle
02-09-2018, 09:04 PM
No.

The Web site will service all the original HinksPix controller boards and All models of EasyLights controllers.

Joe

roosterfreddy
03-16-2018, 08:07 AM
Joe how is the website progressing still looking a summer to be fully operational

JHinkle
03-16-2018, 08:57 AM
That's correct - looking forward towards this upcoming season.
Joe

roosterfreddy
03-16-2018, 08:40 PM
Joe - Should I wait until you open your shop/ website to purchase the easylight
controller or get from holidaycoro. As I don't know if your prices will be better. I am interested in using your board in the standalone mode - and purchasing sequences for my mega tree

JHinkle
03-16-2018, 08:56 PM
I don't sell the products. I've designed multiple items - all of which are only available through HolidayCoro.

If you are interested in stand alone operations, that is no computer, no PI, no nothing, then the EasyLights products through HolidayCoro will perform very well for you.

The web site provides total system integration and will be available this summer.

Thanks for asking.

Joe

roosterfreddy
03-18-2018, 09:59 PM
Joe

One last question - with your easylight controller board - do I need to purchase your FM card for stand alone broadcasting or can a purchase a fm broadcaster locally in Australia that would work on Your Controller. Will your Card work under Australian broadcasting law?

JHinkle
03-18-2018, 11:40 PM
The FM board is being FCC certified for US only at this time.

The FM board has an 1/8 in audio out line jack that you can use to drive your own transmitter if you like - you just don't enable the US FM transmitter on the board.

The EasyLights Pix16 would then operate in stand-alone mode complying with AUS regulations with all the same stand-alone capabilities.

Hope that helps.

Joe

roosterfreddy
03-19-2018, 09:41 PM
Joe thanks for the reply will source one locally after I get one of your boards.

roosterfreddy
03-29-2018, 05:12 PM
Joe what happened to your controller board on holidaycoro site, went to purchase a board but the money was refuded stating there was some issues with the controller. This was disappointing as a was looking forward to receiving the item. do you know when it will be available again.

JHinkle
03-29-2018, 07:55 PM
We found an small issue and wanted to resolve it prior to selling you one.

They will be available in about 45 days.

Joe

roosterfreddy
03-29-2018, 08:11 PM
Thanks Joe - is your online site development still ontrack

JHinkle
03-30-2018, 12:06 AM
We are looking at August. - ready for Halloween.

Joe

MarshallMCH
03-30-2018, 08:29 PM
Wow, this keeps getting pushed back further and further.

roosterfreddy
03-30-2018, 09:41 PM
Yes its becoming a bit concerning considering how close to Christmas its getting to start up and that if there are no more delays. I was really looking forward to be ready early and having the standalone function set up and working.

magcatlboy
04-08-2018, 05:55 PM
With the controller being removed due to the above "issue" mentioned, do those of us that recently purchased the controller need to contact HolidayCoro? Sounds like it was a serious flaw????

vincehc
04-08-2018, 09:26 PM
With the controller being removed due to the above "issue" mentioned, do those of us that recently purchased the controller need to contact HolidayCoro? Sounds like it was a serious flaw????
What was the issue as some one that has three of these two that where just purchased and one from the beta test I'm curious as I have designed my whole show for next year around these

JHinkle
04-08-2018, 10:01 PM
Two versions were sold - The HinksPix - launched 2016 (Our Beta test board) - NO issues - this post does NOT concern HinksPix controllers.

EasyLights Pix16 - launched 2017 - has blown fuse detection, current measurements - more spacing between connectors, etc.

We want to make sure the controller is upgraded to work with our Web Site launching this summer. (HinksPix is already for our Web Site)

EasyLights Pix16 boards will be back on the HolidayCore web site for sale in May.

Our controller upgrade is ONLY for EasyLights Pix16 controllers purchased in Novenber 2017 - NOT the HinksPix16 controllers.

If you have a 2017 EasyLights controller, PM me and we will take care of you!!!

Hope that helps explain what is going on.

Joe

JHinkle
04-08-2018, 10:53 PM
What was the issue as some one that has three of these two that where just purchased and one from the beta test I'm curious as I have designed my whole show for next year around these

Vince - you don't have an EasyLights controller - you are good to go!

Joe

JHinkle
09-03-2018, 07:41 PM
I just wanted to update this thread with the latest status.

EasyLights.com is operational.

I've been busy with the whole EasyLights hardware - 16 Port Pixel controller, a 24 Port AC controller, and an FCC certified FM transmitter.

Both the Pixel and AC boards are E131 compatible but our strength is in our Stand-Alone capabilities.

No RasPI boards required, No Vixen or Xlights required - Both Pixel and AC boards play Audio and Lighting directly from an on-board SD card.

Both boards operate within a Multi-Controller display and keep audio and lighting in sync within one frame (25msec). Syncing is perform via wire (Ethernet) or WIFI.

All software updates, Show Scheduling, and Playlist are managed by Easylights.com with firmware and Sequence data (audio and lighting) being downloaded to the controllers via wired (Ethernet) or WIFI.

For those who currently have Vixen or Xlights sequences and wish to play them on an EasyLights controller in Stand-Alone mode - software conversions will be available later in 2018 (Late) via the EasyLights web site.

HolidayCoro is currently offering total MegaTree packages - controller, enclosure, wiring, power supplies, etc - for anyone wanting to get into the hobby without all the technical hurtles normally associated with a DIY installation.

Anyone who purchased our 2016 Beta board (HinksPix16) - your software will be automatically updated with all the new capabilities when you power it up and are connected to the Internet.

Joe

stenersonj
09-03-2018, 07:57 PM
Just looked at the website, incredible. Can’t wait to try 5he stand-alone. I have the beta board. Will the transmitter board work with it?

JHinkle
09-03-2018, 08:28 PM
Just looked at the website, incredible. Can’t wait to try 5he stand-alone. I have the beta board. Will the transmitter board work with it?

Jon - you have a HinksPix with audio already on board. You can connect the 1/8 audio jack to your own FM transmitter.

When the Beta (HinksPix) board was updated to EasyLights - I moved the audio from the controller to the FM/Audio board since in a multi-controller show - only one audio controller is required.

My tester has been playing stand-alone with his HinksPix board for months.

It's a site to see multiple Easylights Pixel boards, EasyLights AC boards and HinksPix boards all controlling different aspects of a show in stand-alone mode and all using WIFI to keep perfect sync within one frame (25msec).

I think the EasyLights Facebook page has a video showing 4 AC boards all playing the same sequence and all being in sync within 15 msec.

The guy talking (me) is getting old and if you listen -- I'm totally out of sync -- my mind and my mouth are both saying different things.

No matter what I say -- watch the 4 boards -- all the Port lights of the AC boards are in perfect sync (15 msec).

Joe

TypingOffKey
09-03-2018, 11:01 PM
Hello everyone!

I have been a member here for nearly 6 years, and this is my first post. I guess it's fitting that it's in this thread, as I am one of the developers behind EasyLights.com

I have been working with Joe for nearly 2 years on this project, and I have nothing but respect for the depth of his knowledge and his commitment to this project. He has been a pleasure to work with. He has also been very patient and kind in not taking out his frustration on me, for the numerous delays in getting the site launched last year as we all intended. It's been a major undertaking to get things into a state that I felt suited the needs of our diverse customer base, and while we're not done adding features yet, EasyLights.com is ready for you. I would like to apologize to all of you for the delay, and offer my assistance in answering any questions you might have regarding the site, the technology behind it, and how it could be incorporated into your use-cases.

Please feel free to reach out to me with bug reports, feature requests, or anything else relating to EasyLights.com and its interaction with this wonderful hardware that Joe has designed for us.

ccrowder
09-04-2018, 12:23 PM
Do you know if holidaycoro will have a mount plate for their new box and the beta board?

JHinkle
09-04-2018, 12:41 PM
Do you know if holidaycoro will have a mount plate for their new box and the beta board?

I don't know if one will be specific for the Beta (HinksPix).

He will definitely have a board that can be easily modified to accept it.

Joe

TypingOffKey
09-28-2018, 01:55 PM
Here's a fresh intro / tutorial video walking through the customer dashboard of EasyLights.com explaining the different parts and their functionality, and showing how it can be totally remote controlled over the internet. I realize that a lot of the users here are already more advanced and may not necessarily need or be interested in our pre-sequenced content, but please try to visualize how you got into this hobby, and ask yourself if something like this would have been a nice stepping stone. That's our goal - to make it easier for the novice user to get started. We will support user-uploaded content in the EasyLights dashboard in 2019 (maybe sooner) and have plans for many more features and integrations with other software from this community. Please, please, please give me your feedback - positive and negative - on this system. If we can help more users get into this hobby, it will help grow the community and ultimately benefit everyone.

I breeze through this point pretty quickly at the end of the video, but remember that multiple controllers on the same network will automatically discover each other and synchronize their playback, even on a totally wireless network. I'll hopefully have a demo of that as well in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV7ont2H1CU