AstroPixels!

For a bit of history and understanding as to my reasoning, check my previous post.

Components

A standard R2 dome has 3 sets of lighting in it. There are other options, and builders will constantly be adding new things, and as we use the ReelTwo library, things are relatively easy to add on.

Logics

I have designed a set of front and rear logic boards using 2x2mm WS2812B LEDs. This means that you can get an array of 27×4 to fit nicely into the area for the rear logics, and 9×5 array for each of the front logics. The mounting holes are in the same position as the teecees ones which should make it nice and easy to mount.

The code used is based on the LogicEngine by Paul Murphy (Joy Monkey), so has a lot of the features included in that such as the ability to change the colours, trigger effects, fade, etc.

PSI

The PSIs are more detailed in these posts, as these were my first attempt at getting PCBs manufactured and populated.

This was what gave me the confidence to be able to go ahead and have a go at doing a full logics set. Not just from a technical point of view, but also how low the cost was.

HP

The HPs are based off the FlthyMcNasty HP system, so use off the shelf 7 LED boards from places like Adafruit. (Why reinvent the wheel?)

The HP servos are not included in the setup, but can be added with a small code change and a PWM servo module.

Processor

As the main processor, there is a choice between an Arduino Mega, or an ESP32. I have been running ReelTwo on a Mega for a couple of years now with no problems. The ESP32 brings a much more powerful processor as well as wifi and bluetooth to give other options for triggering effects.

Communications

By default the lighting system will run standalone. Standard patterns on the logics and PSIs, and the HPs will randomly turn on. However, if you want to trigger effects there are many options.

  • i2c
  • Serial
  • Wifi – Serial
  • Wifi – Marcduino Serial
  • Bluetooth

Currently, I’ve only tried i2c, but will be testing the Wifi option and integrating that into my r2_control software.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Ricardo

    Hello.
    I like the Astropixels… congrats!
    My only question is if will be possible to use that with the marcduino boards (master & slave). I mean, changes the Teeces for Astropixels, but not lose the effects that you currently have with Marcduino (shortcircuit, leia message, scream, etc).
    Do you have in mind to do an upgrade to the code to support that in the future? Or is possible right now?

    Thanks and congrats again.

    1. dpoulson

      Hey,

      I use the ReelTwo library which already has support for i2c and jawa lite language. I’ve not much experience with the MD stuff, but have been talking with Neil who is the current caretaker of MarcDuino and I’ll be sending him a set of boards to mess with in the next few days.

      Here’s the documentation for ReelTwo (which I’m working through currently to fix errors, etc.)

      https://reeltwo.github.io/Reeltwo/html/group__LogicEngine__gadget.html

      Hopefully once the UK run is done (and it works!) I’ll open up to the world. Just need to get the .net approval for a run.

      Darren.

  2. Ricardo

    Thanks Darren.

    Sounds good. I’ll keep an eye out for when it can be purchased outside the UK 🙂

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