The following is an account of our experience with bringing the AllPixel LED Controller to market through Kickstarter. We don’t pretend to be experts. This just a record of what we tried, what seemed to work for us, and why we think it worked. While some of this applies to crowd-funding in general, much of it is specific to the realm of electronics.
Author: Maniacal Labs
We are pleased to announce that the AllPixel and PowerTap are now available for purchase on Tindie!
All orders through Tindie ship direct from Maniacal Labs HQ in North Carolina, USA.
We will ship outside of the USA, but be sure to check out all of our other global distributors first to see if there’s one near you!
Worldwide shipping is also available direct from Seeed.
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Check out this awesome small scale prototype!
One of the major things we’ve been hard at work on lately is getting AllPixel kits a little closer to those who want them and either missed the Kickstarter or want more. So far, the AllPixel and PowerTap are available from these great distributors near (some of) you:
For those outside of the above regions, fear not; you can always still order direct from Seeed and they will ship worldwide.
We are still working hard to land distributors in other regions, especially North America, for which we hope to have good news soon 🙂
If there is a distributor you would like to see carry our products, there are two things you can do to help!
- Tell us! Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here with a link to their store.
- Tell them! The best way to get a store to carry a product is to let them know that their customers want it. Sending a quick note to them can go a long way 🙂
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!