Found this handy for preventing a Smoothieboard from being powered over USB. Off means off! Used heat shrink tubing for a case. It would be cool to have a real enclosure as well as a version that goes on the other end of the USB cable.
It works just like you'd expect. I typically build the same thing for my projects, so this saves me time. I would appreciate the option to power the RPi using the 5V input, though. I just added another wire to supply the 5V port on the RPi.
The video did a great job explaining how to put everything together. It was my second time soldering anything and I was able to get it up and running very quickly. Being the same form factor as the pi 0 makes it very easy to install into your projects.
This is just what I was looking for for running an RGB led lighting setup in our game room. The hardware works wonderfully, the bibliopixel library is great and being actively developed. I even had one of the developers turn around a feature request for the library in less than a day.
I bought the 7 segment kit for a small display of prime numbers. The kit has well laid out documentation and Maniacal Labs responded quickly with the couple of questions I had. I was able to set up the bulk my project before the kit arrived and finish it shortly after assembling the kit.
We're always here to help if you need a hand getting it working with your hardware. We've not heard of any issues with USB-C adapters but we of course can't try every possible hardware. If you'd like to dig into it further, please send us a message on the Maniacal Labs User Group (http://forum.maniacallabs.com) and we'll work through the issue with you.
The product has no printed documentation, which is unsatisfactory. The online documentation is disjointed & terse.
The supporting software, PixelWeb & Bibliopixel, is installed in a non standard way. It should be a dmg/pkg on Mac OSX. Should be a .deb under Debian. Using 'pip' is no good enough. The supporting software, Bibliopixel & Pixelweb, have no printed documentation. No paper users manual. YouTube videos are not good enough. Really. Need paper user manuals.
There is no contact email addresses. You are left communicating with them on the forums.
The Allpixel is a lot of hype with no substance. I purchased 4 of them & probably won't find a use for them. They will stay in their drawer in my electronic kit cabinet. Will stick with Arduino boards and the Arduino IDE.
I'm running a Pi 2 connected to the AllPixel board driving a set of 300 WS2812B LEDs to create light patterns to music. This uses the lightshowpi code with modifications for bibliopixel. Documentation was fairly complete for coding, but other technical questions were found in the forum. Shipping was completed within a week. I had no issues getting it running. I have some basic soldering skills, so that part was not difficult for me, and is not particularly involved. It is possible to drive updates to the board faster than it can handle, at least according to my testing, but it does extremely fast refresh rates. I was so pleased with it that I created a video explaining what I did.
Well, I love it. It lets you connect strips of RGB LEDs to any processor through USB and control them through Python, and it really does what it says on the tin. Programming them is very easy - I wrote something exciting and fun in a short day, and you can see it here. https://github.com/rec/led
So far no issues, arrived dead fast, and Adam has been very polite and responsive to my no doubt overly spammy questions.
Disclaimer: I knew Adam somewhat from discussing LED strips on the internet before he made these.