Open source wifi pixel controller with live codingDesigned by Sapphire Open Systems, LLC, Ships from United States of America
What is it? Chromatron is a Wifi LED pixel controller designed to make LED projects fast, easy, and fun. The built-in scripting engine (called FX) allows you to code your graphics in real time, a...Read More…
Chromatron is a Wifi LED pixel controller designed to make LED projects fast, easy, and fun.
The built-in scripting engine (called FX) allows you to code your graphics in real time, across multiple devices simultaneously. It uses a simplified Python-like syntax and integrates a ton of features designed specifically for LED pixel control, such as multiple global dimming channels, variable frame rate in real time, color resolution enhancement (on LEDs that support it), a per-pixel fader engine to create smooth fades automatically, and a lot more.
Chromatron can control a wide variety of LED strips over Wifi. Here's the current list:
Chromatron supports 5V and 12V LED systems, and up to 320 addressable channels.
2.0 x 1.25 inches (50.8 x 31.8 mm)
Chromatron's tooling is designed to make it easy to manage projects with a large number of controllers (I regularly run 20 to 30 on my home network). You can tag devices with up to 8 names and groups, query for them, and then run commands on all matches. Almost all settings update on the fly, so you can tweak your project as fast as you can think. All of the tooling is written in Python (including the FX script compiler).
Chromatron is completely open source, both hardware and software. Check it out on Github!
I wanted a controller that supported any LED strip I would want to use, supported live coding, ran over Wifi, and was open source. I didn't see anything that fit the bill, and I already had a really powerful embedded OS from past projects that were well suited for Chromatron. Also, designing electronics is just pure joy, so what else was I going to do with my time?
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My name is Jeremy Billheimer. I've been doing LED lighting projects since around 2011. I've also designed electronics and software for aircraft, commercial LED lighting systems, data acquisition systems, and wireless communication systems. I went rogue in 2016 to focus on Chromatron and spend more time making LED artwork.