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It’s been a long, long journey bringing the AllPixel to fruition and it is finally coming to the end… But now the real fun begins as the AllPixel finds its way into the hands of LED hackers and hobbyists!

The Kickstarter backer rewards have begun shipping out and, once those shipments arrive, the AllPixel and PowerTap will be available for general sale on the Seeed Store. We’re shooting for availability within the first two weeks of April.

While you wait, be sure to checkout the AllPixel Quick Start Guide and the BiblioPixel Wiki so that you can dive right in as soon as they are available. Once you have an AllPixel, check out the Maniacal Labs Forum if you have any questions, or would just like to show off what you’ve made. We would love to see what everyone comes up with so please don’t hesitate to share on the Show-And-Tell sub-forum!

If you want to be notified as soon as the AllPixel is available, be sure to sign up to be notified on the AllPixel page.

Stay tuned!!

I was playing around with the Replicator 2 and this popped out. I took the bottom half of the case for the AllPixel and merged it into a stand for the WyoLum TinyTiM (which is due to go on sale shortly, check their store). The TinyTiM is held upright similar to the way some tablet stands work. I used solid core wires to connect the AllPixel to the TinyTiM. This allows for the exact angle to be adjusted and adds some stability. I’ll be posting the design files on the AllPixel github repo soon.

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The last week has been seriously busy here at Maniacal Labs HQ since we got the AllPixel production samples! Fortunately, the samples all check out and we gave the go-ahead to start production this week which, barring any issues, should also finish this week. Then comes kitting and packaging (done by Seeed) and then they get shipped out to the backers!

Second we’ve just released printable design files for a nice little case for the AllPixel:

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The designs are all available on Thingiverse and the AllPixel GitHub repository. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer yourself, we highly recommend MakeXYZ, 3dHubs.com, or Shapeways to get one printed for you.

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I saw this kit come up in Tindie’s twitter feed, and instantly knew that I wanted one. It’s relatively inexpensive, not very complex, and it looks amazing (especially with the acrylic front and back plates). And Nixie Tubes! I love the effect and being able to see the inner workings of these very much Old School display devices. The build was pretty straight-forward, and I’m really happy with the final product. It turns out that Rob was sitting a few tables down from us at NC Maker Faire last year. He is a wizard with the TI MSP430 platform, and has a bunch of really neat kits to go along with it on his Tindie store. He also frequents the 43oh.com forums, which is a great resource for anyone looking to get into the MSP430 platform. I have a LaunchPad somewhere in my workshop. I’ll have to dig it out and take a peak at the code. More on that as it happens. But for now I just wanted to share a few shots from my build:

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