Just got your AllPixel? Not sure where to start? Look no further!

Wait… what is the AllPixel you say? It is our USB controlled, universal controller for digital LED strips. Watch this for more details:

Now that we’re on the same page… start here:

AllPixel Quick Start Guide.

It will walk you through every step. From installing the optional components to running animations with BiblioPixel.

If you want to know more about BiblioPixel:

BiblioPixel wiki.

Need help getting everything setup? Want to show off what you made? Go here:

Maniacal Labs Forum

If you would like to acquire an AllPixel but missed the Kickstarter, have no fear! The AllPixel and PowerTap are now available for general sale on the Maniacal Labs Seeed Store

Want to to see more? Check out all our AllPixel / BiblioPixel related videos:

Thousands of people have already downloaded BiblioPixel (for use with and without the AllPixel) and we’ve received a ton of awesome feedback. Over the last couple months, we’ve taken that feedback and worked in a bunch of bug fixes and some cool new features.

Check out the details below, but if you want to jump right to it and get the latest version, you can do one of these two options:

  • If you installed originally with pip, run this command:
    sudo pip install bibliopixel --upgrade

  • If you prefer to install manually, grab the v1.2 zip file, unzip it to a local directory and run:
    sudo python setup.py install

In both cases, sudo is not needed if you are running Windows and this will work even if you have never installed it before. If upgrading, just be sure to use the same method you previously used.

Now that you’ve got it, here’s what’s new!

  • LEDCircle: Inspired by the new AdaFruit APA102 Disk display, we’ve made working with circular displays easy! Check out all the details over at our APA102 Disk review.
  • LEDPOV: We’ve talked about it before, but the code for making things like our POVStick project is now built right into BiblioPixel.
  • DriverAPA102: This new SPI-based driver allows you to run APA102 (DotStar) strips right from the SPI pins on devices like the Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone Black!
  • Threaded Animations: Never wait around for your animations again! The latest code supports the threaded parameter which will make that animation run on a separate background thread, allowing you to continue doing other tasks in your main script or application. Great for web controlled projects!
  • Many Bug Fixes and Improvements: While not the exhaustive list, we have:
    • Improved DriverSerial device detection
    • Improved DriverNetwork reliability
    • Cleaned up the logic of many classes and methods to make them more robust and better at handling any issues.
    • Fixed many, many bugs.

That’s all for now. We hope you love the new features!

tronixlabs

Good news, people of Australia! The AllPixel just got a bit closer to you :)
Our friends over at TronixLabs now have both AllPixel and PowerTap kits for sale in their store.

For those not in Australia, fear not. We’re still working on landing more distributors around the world and hope to have more to announce soon. If there’s a specific distributor you would like to see carry the AllPixel there are two things you can do to help:

  • Let us know in the comments below so we can pitch the kits to them.
  • Send them a message, asking them to carry the AllPixel. We can pitch products all day long, but customer demand is what will really drive their decision.

Happy Making!

AllPixel Seeed

Good news! The AllPixel and PowerTap are now available for general sale on the Maniacal Labs Seeed Store

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For those that missed the Kickstarter or just want more, this means that you can order RIGHT NOW! They are being sold through our manufacturing partner Seeed Studio.

We realize that shipping from China can be slow and may not be convenient for everyone, but fear not, we are working hard to find distributors that will help bring the AllPixel a little closer to home for as many people as possible. Since we know our supporters are all over the world; if there is a domestic distributor you enjoy doing business with, please leave a link in the comments below and we’ll do what we can.

Just look at all the places the AllPixel has gone to already!
AllPixel Backer Map

Once you’ve got your AllPixel, don’t forget to check out these resources to get up and running quickly:

AllPixel Quick Start Guide

BiblioPixel wiki

Maniacal Labs Forum

So, grab yours now! Happy Making!