Electronics, Pixels

ESPixelPOPs with WLED

While the ESPixelStick firmware is fantastic for streaming E1.31 animations on your ESPIxelOPs controller, you may find that you have a simpler project and don’t want to bother with the complication of using Xlights or Vixen. While the ESPixelStick firmware does have some canned test sequences, you may want something fancier. Install the WLED firmware on your ESPixelPOPs and you will a wide range of canned effects and sequences to use. You will find the install guide right here.

Electronics, Pixels


Need to drive some Pixels (or DMX) using E1.31 over Wi-Fi?

Then the ESPixelPOPs is for you. It’s a simplified version of the ESPixelStick and runs the ESPixelStick firmware. You can drive up to 680 (4 DMX Universes) of WS2811 style pixels or 512 channels (1 DMX universe) of DMX data.

I have uploaded detailed build guides for both the Pixel and DMX versions of the ESPixelPOPs and you can download them from here.

Art, Electronics, Pixels, Vancouver Hack Space (VHS)

Pixels & E1.31 Workshop

I am running a workshop at the VHS on RGB LED Pixels and controlling them via E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet ). Topics covered range from how pixels work, basics of DMX and E1.31 control, types of controllers, null pixels, pixel testing, tips for large displays and software used to control and animated pixels to music (including the basics of using Jinx and xLights). Add a light show to your next project or drive your neighbours crazy with the largest Xmas lighting display!! The workshop includes an ESP8266 based ESPixelPOPs E1.31 pixel controller kit.

You can find more information about the workshop here.

And this is a very rough example of what you will learn to do….


SMD Soldering

Over the years I have used various ways (hot plate and hot air gun) to solder SMD parts but eventually determined that using a reflow oven work be best. Here is some information of my toaster reflow oven build and how I setup a solder paste dispenser. You’ll find more details here.

Animatronics, General, Visual Show Automation (VSA)


Welcome to my web/blog/whatever site…

I’m a hobbyist…

I like to build things…

Mostly electronic things that have lights, motors and sometimes sounds. My intent is to post information on the various projects that I done. My hope that others may find the information interesting and possibly useful.

For the projects I do post about, I will try to include as much information as possible as I have always appreciated that when I have searched for ideas on things that I want to make.

Most people that play with animatronics have used, or at least heard of, Visual Show Automation (VSA). It’s a great program but I have not found much practical information on using it . I have started a bit of a FAQ for it in the Animatronics section for this purpose and hope to expand on this as I gather more information on using it.

I’m not interested in maintaining a full pledged blog so I won’t be bothering with comments, though you can send me a note via the Contact page if you want to.