The Minishift is a chainable, scrolling LED matrix display you can control over USB or from a microcontrollerDesigned by Arachnid Labs, Ships from United Kingdom
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This listing is for a pack of 9 minishifts with an enclosures and USB interface. You might also want to check out the single pack or 4-pack option with enclosure instead. Note that this product shi...Read More…
Note that this product ships from the US.
The Minishift is a compact and affordable 8x8 LED matrix display that speaks SPI, and can be driven from any microcontroller platform, or with an optional interface board, over USB.
Each Minishift module operates independently, and they chain together to form larger displays, limited only by the amount of power you can supply them. They speak a trivial SPI protocol, with each display acting like an 8 byte shift register, making it extremely easy to work with them. Sample code for the Arduino will be available before preorders ship.
An optional USB-SPI interface is available, which makes it easy to drive a series of Minishifts from your computer. Python libraries and sample code, as well as a display driver daemon, will also be available soon. The USB interface can drive 8-9 Minishifts fully lit, or more if you will only be displaying text or other graphics that don't light all the LEDs at once.
Minishifts and the USB interface are sold as kits, with all surface mount parts populated, leaving only the connectors and LED matrix to solder yourself. Full instructions are provided.
The Minishift is offered in a number of different packages, suiting common usage scenarios. This listing includes 9 Minishift kits, a USB interface, and two acrylic enclosures with mounting hardware. Everything you need to build a scrolling or animated display, controlled from your computer.
The enclosures are transparent 3mm acrylic, and consists of a backplate to mount the modules to, a protective front panel, and all mounting hardware for the modules and the enclosure.
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