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Projects
Ledwall dark.jpg
Participants Guido, Wizzup
Skills soldering, coding
Status Finished
Niche Electronics
Purpose World domination

Project to LED'ify the outside facing glass 'block' wall. each glass box will be a pixel the space

The device

the Led-wall is currently housed in a surround that makes it look more like a proper fire-place; made of MDF , created by User:milo user:justa user:einstein for use on the UrbanResort open day of 20130921.

It's been fited with a set of switches on the left hand side that operate the functions of the led-wall and/or a power-bar mounted inside the left-most column of the fireplace.

The power-bar is supplied so that you can turn on any lamps or other 'peripherals' belonging to the fireplace with one simple action.

When turning on the fireplace, please allow one minute for the RaspPI to boot. It loads the firmware from an SD card and is not 'insta-on'

it will automatically start doing the fire. to run the all the animations

sudo bash ; cd /home/erik/lewd/src ; python ledshow.py -spi


Doesn't work!

  • log in to ledwall using the user techinc (pw is same as the wifi)
  • git checkout https://github.com/techinc/lewd.git
  • for the C fireplace: cd c ; ./fire /dev/spidev0.0 (should be started automatically by /etc/rc.local)
  • for the python implementation: cd src ; python ledshow.py -spi

Hardware

Design

Overview

 Raspberry Pi ===(SPI)===> ledwall
       ^                       ^
       | (5V)                  | (12V)
       \----------PSU ---------/

Raspi GPIO pin-out

The code uses the hardware SPI present on the the Raspberry Pi.

  • Green wire on Pin 23 is Clock (SCLK)
  • Yellow wire on Pin 19 is Data (MOSI)
  • Black wire should be connected to a ground pin. does not have to be connected to the ground pin, not having a common ground works as well, and doesn't generate noise.
  • Red wire should NOT be connected to the Raspi as it will break it!

Raspi spi.jpg

Raspi casing.jpg

PSU

Ledwall ATX.jpg

There I fixed it X-/

Ledwall molex thereifixedit.jpg

Software

Software Implementations

[https://github.com/techinc/lewd The current python based implementation called lewd] runs on the machine connected to the LED-Wall over a serial port.

The older javascript node.js version can communicate with the python implementation to push frames to the LED-Wall using TCP sockets.

Python documentation (temporary location) http://old.villavu.com/merlijn/lewd

Lewd

The Python (lewd) implementation features several backends. -serial, -spi, -net and -local (which renders on an SDL screen).

See the file "ledwall.py" for an example on how to use all these different LedWall frontends. At the space, you should typically use RemoteLedScreen to interface with the (already running) server to the LEDWall.

To just play around with the code locally, look into the VirtualLedScreen code; you will need to install pygame to actually use the local UI.

Python documentation (temporary location)

http://old.villavu.com/merlijn/lewd

Photos & Videos

OLD

Alternative configuration using Arduino (Obsolete)

 computer ===(serial over usb)===> arduino ===(SPI)===> ledwall
                                                           ^
                                                           | (12V)
                                                          PSU

Arduino code

#include <SPI.h>

void setup()
{
    Serial.begin(1000000);
    SPI.begin();
    SPI.setBitOrder(MSBFIRST);
    SPI.setDataMode(SPI_MODE0);
    SPI.setClockDivider(SPI_CLOCK_DIV16);
}

void loop()
{
    uint8_t c;

    for(;;)
    {
        while (!Serial.available()) {}

         /* 254 signals end of frame in the communication
          * over the serial port
          */
         if ( (c = Serial.read()) == 254 )
            delay(1); /* the WS2801 chips will latch after not getting
                       * any data for .5ms, so we wait 1ms
                       */
        else
            SPI.transfer(c); /* not end of frame? push data */
    }
}

Arduino pin-out

The code uses the hardware SPI present on the the ATMega

  • Green wire on Pin 13 is Clock
  • Yellow wire on Pin 11 is Data
  • Black wire should be connected to the arduino's ground pin. does not have to be connected to the ground pin, not having a common ground works as well, and doesn't generate noise.
  • Red wire should NOT be connected to the arduino as it will break it!

Ledwall arduino pinout.jpg

Is on Fire? Definitely