Very quick shipment. I love the board, powered it up, configured it, and off to displaying some neat stuff with my 2812s. Impressed with how small it is, how the sensor board interfaces with it, and the possibilities for interfacing to the board. Great job.
Another reviewer mentioned that the markup on the hardware is a bit steep, which is true. If you're buying this product, you're buying it for the closed-source code flashed onto the chip and the documentation --both of which are fantastic. Knocking a star because the post for clamping wires was missing its screw, and the TX / RX designations on the PCB were wrong (should be reversed)
This is quite an amazing product which I found only AFTER developing my own DotStar lighting system on an Arduino MEGA. The Pixelblaze is much more powerful, the patterns incredible and you’ll save a LOT of time not having to constantly connect USB cables after each compile. You’ll need a bit of electronics knowledge and a fine-tip soldering iron to get up-n-running, but it’s minimal and worth the effort. Get one of these!!!
I've been playing with LED boards for a long time...Flora, all the arduino family, various RPi versions doing multiple displays. But this is hands-down the easiest, fastest, and most fun I've had doing an LED project. Amazing product, the Pixelblaze is everything I wanted out of a board to drive LEDs. Finished an old project with it, and had requests for more of them!
I've been working with traditional Neopixels for a while, and I've started not notice their limitations particularly with regard to brightness and the speed at which they can be updated. I bought a Pixelblaze and a 30 strip of APA102 LEDs. They hooked up easily. I used USB power since it was a short strip. I configured Wifi as per the instructions and was soon seeing various patterns of lights on my strip. This is a great little gadget for getting started with APA102 LEDs, and I'll recommend it for a variety of relatively simple projects.
I had one problem during setup. There are two ways to connect APA102 strips to this device. You can use four header pins and a connector or you can install a four slot screw tight connector. You cannot install both, so you have to decide how you intend to work early. I originally installed the header then realized that it wouldn't work with my strip. I wound up adding the four slot connecting, but at an weird looking angle. It works fine, but is not really pretty. The main takeaway here is to plan ahead. A brief statement that one should choose up front would have been nice.
I don't write code, but editing variables in the patterns supplied has been the most satisfying LED experience I have ever had, and am quickly picking up on the various functions and the effects produced from tweaking the various parameters. Will be using in my upcoming series of new light and sound sculptures. And the fast response and support from the creator makes it even better! Thanx Ben. Great product!