Pixie Chroma // Chainable RGB LED Matrix Displays

A highly flexible display system with an extremely powerful Arduino library!

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PIXIE CHROMA is a dual-5x7 character display for Arduino, that can be easily chained to create easy-to-use displays as long or tall as you'd like!

Featuring 70 addressable RGB LEDs, Pixie Chroma can be controlled with as little as a single GPIO!


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  • 70 × SK6805-EC15
  • 2 × 1x3 Pin Header

  • Welcome to Pixie Chroma

    Lixie Labs12/31/2021 at 06:15 0 comments

    Pixie Chroma Is the Display We Always Wanted

    Pixie Chroma is a project that we here at Lixie Labs are incredibly passionate about! In this third iteration, we have finally created the best RGB text display we've ever used. While we loved our original Pixie models, we felt that you couldn't get the same level of creativity that you can get with Pixie Chroma. With its ability to be dropped into any breadboard and coded with any experience level, these displays have a wide range of potential uses, meaning anybody in the maker community can find a use for them! Pixie Chroma is our gift to you.

    Two Big New Features

    Along with full RGB control, and an absolute UNIT of an Arduino Library, we are introducing two other big new features with this release: Quad Mode and Shortcodes.

    Quad mode is made specifically for those wishing to drive their displays faster. By optionally sending the data in four parallel streams with Quad Mode, you can expect to see a ~3.75x increase in speed! For example, if you had 12 Pixie Chromas, you can wire four GPIO of your microcontroller to the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th Pixie. Each GPIO is now only responsible for the data of three Pixie Chromas compared to *only one GPIO feeding all 12*. With this, you can run animations, scrolling, and color palettes more smoothly or free up processor time!

    Our next big feature is Shortcodes, a super simple way to show icons beyond the alphanumeric ASCII set and easily create animations! We have an extensive library of 230+ built-in icons that are accessible by name within other strings. (See the example above) Whether you want global currency symbols, weather states, schematic symbols, diacritics (àãåâä), or various mathematical typography such as Pi, we probably have you covered. And, if we don't, you can make your own with the magical Shortcode Editor.

    Shortcode Editor

    Our favorite part of these icons is how easy it is to make your own! With our online/offline editor, you can create any shape or image (so long as it fits in a 5x7 grid) and the editor will directly show the code that would print that shape!

    This is one of the most creative outlets for cool display enthusiasts, since you can easily make custom frame-by-frame animations of your own! We are currently working on a way to create looping animations directly within the editor, and are excited to show it in an upcoming campaign update.

    A New Standard for Arduino Libraries

    We pride ourselves in how easy our products are to use. We have kept the wiring very simple, with only three wires connected to each breadboard-friendly display. Our code also has many examples that are explained line-by-line so that anybody can understand them. We even include template Arduino Sketches to skip the parts newcomers find tedious, like "#include" directives and class definitions. Many advanced projects that even seasoned coders would find challenging are hassle-free with the Pixie Chroma library!

    #include "Pixie_Chroma.h" // Include library
    PixieChroma pix;
    #define PIXIES_X  6  // Total amount and         x x x x x x
    #define PIXIES_Y  2  // arrangement of Pixies =  x x x x x x
    void setup() {
      pix.begin( 13, PIXIES_X, PIXIES_Y ); // ... Use Pin 13
      pix.color( CRGB::Blue ); // ............... Set color to blue
    void loop() {
      pix.clear(); // ..................... Clear display
      pix.println( "Hello World!" ); // ... Write text on first row
      pix.print( millis() ); // ........... Write the value of millis() on the second row; // ...................... Show changes

    Amazing Documentation  

    Pixie Chroma's documentation is complete, accurate, and easy to understand. Each function in the library is fully documented and code examples are sprinkled liberally throughout!

    Dedication to Our Craft

    Lixie Labs is a homegrown business dedicated to furthering open source hardware and software in both the hobbyist and professional electronics industry....

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