Fabien Royer and Bertrand Le Roy wrote in to let us know about their latest creation, an RGB video wall made with a Netduino Mini and an Adafruit LED strip:

What’s not to like about RGB LEDs? With their bright, mesmerizing glow, often capable of displaying millions of colors, they’re a great to way to catch the attention of the viewer. Now, what if you had a 5 meter long RGB LED strip, loaded with 160 RGB LEDs to play with? Oh, the possibilities… It so happens that Adafruit, in their infinite wisdom, carries a very nice RGB LED strip, powered by a LPD8806 driver and encased in a waterproof sleeve.

What about turning it into a mini video wall for instance? Think ‘Times Square’, just smaller :)

PIX-6T4: Building a mini RGB LED video wall using a Netduino and an Adafruit LPD8806 LED strip

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Netduino Mini

Software, meet hardware. The Netduino Mini is an open source electronics platform using the .NET Micro Framework. The board features a 32-bit microcontroller and a rich development environment, making it a perfect solution for engineers and hobbyists alike.

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Brian Jepson

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  • http://twitter.com/mathcampbell Math Campbell

    Very pretty I have to admit.

    Would be pretty awesome as well if you combine it with a webcam that monitors your tv/computer screen, and use it as coloured backlighting…
    Obviously, you’d not need the video aspect of the project in that case, more the strip as a solid line again around the edge of your display case, but it’s nifty that simple components can be used with so much versatility thanks to things like the netduino!

  • ethan hansen

    LPD8806 LED strips are awesome. you can individually control each pixel, and can program some cool effects. I currently have 17 lighting sequences programmed with 15 being active. BTW, I bought LPD8806 Flexible RGB LED Strip through http://www.bestlightingbuy.com/waterproof-lpd8806-flexible-rgb-led-lighting-strip.html only for 119 bucks.

  • alex.vasiliy

    We often order 5V lpd8806 led strip for something from a china manufacturer. they work perfectly,you can find on Adafruit.com and got them for something lower cost.


  • jmdines

    That’s pretty cool! Here I was researching video wall products like this one:

    … for my next big concert AV gig, and came across this post. I may not be able to use your cool mini version for big audiences haha but hey, at least I could enjoy it at home, right?