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    Default Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    Anyone checked these out yet? Comments? $65 today for the starter kit - 25 C9 and controller. $27 for 25 C9 add on strings. They also have icicle shaped lights.

    Spacing is 12 inches.

    Seems like a plug and play pixabulb with an iphone app.

    http://www.target.com/p/philips-25ct...FSgQ7Aod8X8AJQ

    Video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFBM_AwqLD8

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    I bought a few of these, took one apart and I attached a few pics of what it looks like. I'm a newbie so I have no idea how to get it working but it does seem possible due to some online research on the chip that controls the LED, it has 2 LEDs one just for white and then RGB. UCS1909, take a look at the pics, let me know if you have any idea on getting these to be controlled by Vixen. I just ordered Arduino Mega so I can start playing around with it soon.
    IMG_0784.jpg IMG_0792.jpg IMG_0793.jpg IMG_0782.jpg

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    Link say $109.00. Good deal.

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    Lol! there were 75% off on clearance. Just something to tinker with.

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    The UCS1909 protocol is just another of the two-dozen SPI-based protocols out there.

    I didn't have to look hard to find

    http://www.holidaycoro.com/DMX-to-SP...ller-p/614.htm

    So, you would need a DMX converter of some type (http://www.holidaycoro.com/Enttec-Pr...ongle-p/53.htm) -- though if you are going to do pixels, you probably want the E1.31 bridge from DIYLEDExpress -- and Dave's Smart Pixel decoder.

    Even at the 75 percent discount, I think PixaBulbs are cheaper; how well the output compares would be an open question (PixaBulbs have two RGB 5050s).

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    My wife got a starter set for $50 and an expansion for $25. They seem to be a Target exclusive, so I wonder if they will even be around to get more sets in the future.

    The App is nice, but quite limited in its capabilities. With Tasker I can do some automation, but I would love an API to design a better app.

    It would be great if I could connect a set of PixaBulbs to it, but I am sure the protocol must be different.

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    I'm sorry...but I watched the video and had to laugh at the make whatever a different color than whatever else.... In if that's all I wanted.. Its called different color light strands... But hey.. Sure sounded good for the price.
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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    It is actually quite a nice premise, essentially you get 25 pixels with built-in wi-fi control from a smartphone app, and they have white LEDs in each pixel, so you get more light options than with a WS2811 for instance. There are several preset sequences. No Controller nor laptop needed. you can daisy-chain up to 300 lights, without any power injection needed. connects right up to the wifi if your home, or it sets up a wifi hotspot that your tablet can connect to it.

    The downside is the app is quite limited. If there was an API avaliable to take more control over the sequencing I could see this becoming a preferred choice for those who just want a simple pixel show.

    right now, I set up a script using Tasker on my android, that starts a song, and then clicks on certain parts of the screen to select between the different preset sequences. Crude, but it actually makes for some decent quick synchronization and only took about 10 minutes to do a whole song.

    Phillips needs to get it into more homes, by distributing it at places other than target.

    I want to pick up a few more strands, but for the life of me, I cannot find them anywhere!
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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    Got a couple of these for 20$ a piece for the starter set. Nice find as I was looking to pick up pixabulbs before. Wonder if pixabulbs would connect with these at all

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    Default Re: Phillips Illuminate System at Target

    $20!!! Wow, that's a great price for the starter set, or even for an expansion set.

    If you decide you don't want them, let me know... I'll take them off your hands!

    The protocol is no doubt different that those used to pixabulbs, as there is a RGB bulb and a white LED. I am sure that they could be hacked into to control them through Vixen, would just have to determine the SPI protocol.

    I'd be more interested if developing an app that controls them through WIFI. The Phillips app is just dismal!

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