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Trixel LED

Interactive LED Kit

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Trixel LED is an interactive LED kit,
Create your own interactive Light elements by soldering basic shapes, such as triangle, square, pentagon and Hexagon. to create an interactive LED sculpture.

Project status:
stage 1 - complete
Explore shapes for basic LED elements. design pcb`s for simple controller and LED`s.
stage 2 - Process
Design LED diffuser for each element.
stage 3 - Ideas
Improve Electronics to include sensors for interactivity. Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetometer, Microphone, Motion / Distance, BLE - Communication, Battery.

Design materials are released as the project progresses through various links.
GitHub : https://github.com/arkadiraf/Trixel-LED

Project Links:

Youtube Simple MCU with triangles:

OSH Park Circuit Links

Hexagonal MCU - Not yet tested: https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/xangB68O

Pentagon LED : https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/5bxh1ML1

Square LED : https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/2S5FQ5g4

Triangle LED : https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/3ms9FD8s

Simple MCU : https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/gn4UkQom

  • 1 × Atmega32u4 Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, DSPs / ARM, RISC-Based Microcontrollers
  • 1 × WS2812B
  • 1 × https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/xangB68O MCU Hexagon Circuit - Not tested yet
  • 1 × https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/gn4UkQom Simple MCU circuit
  • 1 × https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/3ms9FD8s Latest triangle Led circuit

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  • The Idea & How it started

    Arkadi03/21/2017 at 14:32 0 comments

    Idea:

    The idea is designing basic elements of addressable LED`s which can be combined into fascinating shapes.

    I play a lot with LED`s, mostly the famous addressable LED`s such as the ws2812.

    [ Sample projects: https://hackaday.io/project/5466-smart-juggling-balls , https://hackaday.io/project/6039-shakeit, https://hackaday.io/project/7430-chess-timer, https://youtu.be/fSF5rG59FKs . ]

    You can get the LED`s in various forms such as strips, circles , Matrixes, bars, (Adafruit has a wide variety of shapes) or you can get them in SMD to design your own two dimensional shape.

    Images from: https://www.adafruit.com/


    Mostly the forms aren't designed to be soldered together directly, you can solder wires between them but not to create a stand alone form.

    Based on this Gap my concept started to formalize.


    Design Process:

    I have started my design iterations with a simple triangle as a standard base element and hence the name, Trixel - Triangle Pixel:

    Later on i have extended the design for a square and a pentagon shapes while maintaining a few guide lines for compatibility between shapes.

    Design rules:

    - Equilateral shapes, side length 1 inch

    - Side connector is a symmetric (V G S G V) 5 pin castellated, spaced at 0.1 inch

    - One middle LED

    - One input, the rest are potential outputs

    Design files (Eagle) are available on GitHub: Trixel-LED

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Andrew Bolin wrote 04/05/2017 at 23:06 point

Well, I was just working on the layout for practically the same thing (the triangle one)... Maybe now I'll just buy yours instead.

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Arkadi wrote 04/06/2017 at 06:55 point

That`s usually what happens :) I was surprised that i didn`t find projects as this one on the web when i started. I did find some constructions using LED`s but not Kit oriented.

The project is open source, so now you can invest your time to develop it into some new direction or add to it your own designs  / idea`s. :)

All files available on GitHub, you are welcome to fork it and share where you go with it.

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Andrew Bolin wrote 04/06/2017 at 08:28 point

Legend! I didn't see the github link before. I'll see if I can convert it into Kicad and get a batch made up, will be sure to give you credit when I win the local electronic art prize ;)

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Arkadi wrote 04/06/2017 at 08:30 point

 you can ordered tested circuits from OSHParks, i did the prototypes iterations with their service.

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oshpark wrote 04/04/2017 at 05:46 point

Awesome project!  We look forward to future updates

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Arkadi wrote 04/06/2017 at 06:51 point

Thanks, hope to have some time soon to assemble the next MCU module (Hexacon) and post a few more LED fixtures.

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carltech2000 wrote 03/27/2017 at 21:33 point

how difficult would these be to use l.e.d.s in the "grow" spectrum?

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Arkadi wrote 04/06/2017 at 06:50 point

I am planning to make a Glow Plant (building a construction around a plat pot) But its not considered as grow light as you need specific spectrum of light. you can easily design pcb`s for the desired  grow LED`s but its not exactly the point of the project as the light fixture won`t be interactive. (I use addressable LED`s so you can change the light of each pixel in the chain).

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bobricius wrote 03/25/2017 at 23:11 point

Great idea, I created paper ball model from 12pcs penagonal boards ... look very good ;)

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