Back when we launched the AllPixel, we also created a small device called the PowerTap that eases the task of splicing power at various points along a strip of LEDs. We sold many during the Kickstarter but they never really sold well after the fact. We’ve actually never made more after the original batch from the Kickstarter! As of last night we sold the last of that batch.

It’s not really worth our time or money to produce more but, if you want some, have no fear… they are open source and you can still get your own!

First head over to OSHPark: https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/zyTngLzg
It’s $4.15 for 3 boards.

Then, order 3 or more copies of this project on Mouser: http://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=b3649fa0ae

We do realize that this ends up being more expensive than what we sold the PowerTap for ($5 each) but this is mainly due to the cost of the two screw terminals. If you want to add one more place to order from, just find a 2.54mm (0.1″) pitch, 4 pin screw terminal from ebay like this one. They are not as good quality, but much cheaper.

Alternatively, you can just leave out the terminals all together and directly solder the LED strip leads to the power tap. Either of these options can bring the total per PowerTap cost down to or below the $5 we sold them for, assuming you are OK with skimping on the terminals a bit.

Also, we are aware that the AllPixel is out of stock both on Tindie and Seeed but fear not! A new version is coming very soon 🙂

Good News, Everyone! We’ve been toying around with the idea of updating the design for our AllPixel LED Controler for a while now, and we’re making great progress. The image above is our first prototype, fresh from MacroFab. Everything looks good so far! Here’s a few noteworthy notes on the new design:

  • Fully Assembled: No user soldering required!
  • Tiny: Measures in at about 1.6 x 1.2 inches (40.6 x 30.5 mm)
  • Updated USB:Now uses the more common micro USB

We’re excited to get our hands on this first prototype, and we’ll be starting to reach out to our contract manufacturers in the very near future. Stay tuned to our site for more updates as they happen!

Hello! We’re not dead yet! Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re going to get back into the swing of posting more content on a regular basis. We’ve got some neat things coming up, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this Freaking Awesome arcade joystick built by forum user [mlapsa]. BiblioPixel was used to control the LED strips inside of the wood and Lexan case. Excellent work!

Earlier this year we were quite excited to receive an invitation from a friend to give a talk at the All Things Open conference, here in Raleigh. They had added a new track on Hardware/IoT and thought our experience might be a great fit. So, after a lot of writing, planning, and practice, we are pleased to present our talk: Open Hardware for Fun And Profit.

Enjoy!