This incredible, RGB LED light strip allows you to address each and every LED individually, creating splendid color patters. If you were challenged by the Open Source POV Bicycle Wheel Animation project we covered last week or were thinking of working on a RGB Computer Controlled LED Bottle Wall, then this LED hack can add to your project inspiration.
Controlling individual LEDâ€™s through the spectrum of red, green, blue is fairly rare because addressable RGB LED strips are difficult to find.
Synoptic Labs LED hack is an addressable RGB LED strip light based on the HL1606 controller chip operated by an Arduino. The HL1606 driver chip is the key component as this chip allows for individual control of the LEDs on the strip and also supports fade-in/fade-out effects.
Xander Hudson has done the hard work for you. Working around the original specsheet in Chinese for the HL1606, he has written an Arduino library for the HL1606. It is an open source project and should help the enthusiast to hit the ground running. Xanderâ€™s blog post gives first hand tips on how to go about the working and the sourcing for the HL1606 controller chips.
If you have set your ideas on LED hacks which you can program with custom sequences and effects, go through our Light and LED hacks section.
Via our friends at HackaDay