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    Here's something you don't see every day...



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    Default Re: MonoPixel Animated Candy Canes

    So, has it been dissected yet?
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    No dissection necessary. Hand made with some plain white LEDs, ws2811 driver pcbs, some of Grelllbbb's LED carriers and 5-line ribbon cable, driven by an ESPixelStick. Requires only 12 channels for all 12 LEDs; regular bullet pixels were too big for the tubes so I crafted some monopixels instead.

    Wiring diagram is below... and it's a wiring PITA... But I like the effect and it'll drive visitors crazy trying to figure out how to get the ones they bought at Target to do the same thing.
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    You're right, I don't see anything. Is there supposed to be some sort of link there?
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    I'll be darned. It shows up on my screen as a Vimeo embedded video. No matter.... here's the link to it:


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    If anyone is crazy enough to make some of these things, here's a Wiki document that explains it. Lots of photos, assembly tips, etc... Enjoy.

    http://www.diychristmas.org/wiki/ind...ng_Mono-Pixels

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    The wiring really does look like a pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunberg View Post
    The wiring really does look like a pain.
    It is, Brian.

    For 8 candy canes, it was about 1200 solder points and almost 1000 tinned ribbon cables that were 2-3/4" long... it was a nutty endeavor but in the end, I think the effect will be worth it. You know the old saying: "anything easy isn't worthwhile."

    One thing I learned, however, is how strings of pixels are made and the extra efforts required to make them more durable and into a commercially-salable product. At the price we pay for a string of 50 pixels, there's an incredible amount of work that has to go into making it. The same string produced here in the U.S. would probably cost about $350 each.
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    Hey Dirk, Check out Dan's page using WS2803 for candy canes. http://www.ohio-lights.com/projects/...anes/index.cfm
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    Thanks. Yes, I've seen that. Pretty clever stuff.

    Here's the final -- all 8 canes...




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