A shield for a D1 mini ESP8266 board that connects to a RGB LED Matrix panel.Designed by Brian Lough in Ireland
What is it? This kit is a shield for easily controlling RGB LED Matrix using a D1 Mini ESP8266 board. This board takes advantages of the cables that come included with most displays. This board is ...Read More…
This kit is a shield for easily controlling RGB LED Matrix using a D1 Mini ESP8266 board. This board takes advantages of the cables that come included with most displays.
This board is designed to work with the awesome PX Matrix arduino library by 2dom
There are also versions available for ESP32 boards!
The RGB LED matrix panels are one of the coolest displays you can use with an Arduino, but there is quite a bit of wiring to connect them up and also they are a little awkward to power. The panels are only about $20 from aliexpress/eBay
This board makes wiring them really simple! The board just slots directly onto the input header pin, uses the ribbon cable that comes provided with most of these panels to connect the pins of the output header and has screw terminals to connect the power cable that comes with most panels.
This really makes using the display as simple as possible. Making use of the cables that comes with the display allows the board to be smaller and less expensive.
Here are some Github Repos with examples of things that can be done using the board. - Some images and a peanut butter jelly time dancing banana
Each D1 Mini Matrix Shield is a kit and comes with the following:
The following components are not provided, but are required to use this board.
Please note that I do not send any documentation with the board. There is a sticker with a link and QR code to the above URL. I feel it's wasteful to send on documentation when I can provide much better documentation on the web page than I could in a small sheet of paper.
While this board is was physical dimensions are designed to work with a P3 64x32 display, it should be compatible with most displays. There are a couple of areas where you could get caught up and ways to work around them.
Some of these displays come with magnetic screws for mounting them on a metal surface. The assembled PCB is taller than the screws but I have added the option of stand-offs that will extend the screws long enough to work. I have unfortunately not found a good supplier of the magnetic screws themselves yet.
There are two sizes available, M3 and M2.5. All my displays are M3 but in Bitluni's video he mentioned he used M2.5 screws so you will need to check which are the appropriate size for you.
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