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Light up your imagination with RasPiO Inspiring

07 March 2017

RasPiO Inspiring is a system of programmable RGB LED boards which can connect together to make whatever 2D or 3D shape you want.

RasPiO Inspiring pyramid

The idea behind the system is that the shapes can fit together in a modular way to make whatever shape you want.

Currently feature on the campaign site Kickstarter, there’s a straight-8 stick, a triangle, a circle, a semi-circle and a square, but also a small pHAT-sized driver board for Raspberry Pi. The semi-circle and square will be made if the project hits certain financial milestones (£25k & £35k respectively).

All the boards are based on 1cm LED spacing and 10cm side. Through-holes enable use of standard 2.54mm headers, or you can wire directly to them if you prefer. Each shape has at least one set of inputs and outputs so they can be 'daisy-chained' together. The straights have three sets of input/output holes so they can be connected at 180°, 90° or 45°.

RasPiO Inspiring can be controlled by most popular electronics platforms, including:

• Raspberry Pi
• Arduino
• ESP8266
• ATtiny
• Microbit

RasPiO Inspiring goes perfectly with the new Pi Zero W. Wi-Fi enables you to control your LEDs with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, e.g. your phone. One of the reward levels includes the new Pi Zero W – enabling you to make a networked clock which will always show the correct time (using NTP).

Make a: 
• Light Pyramid
• Mood light 
• Internet Clock (NTP)
• TV simulator security device
• Persistence of vision project
• Natural light alarm clock
• Controllable light source for macro photography/videography
• Christmas or other holiday decorative lighting
• Eye-catching wearable

Or embed them in any project that requires really fine control over colour and intensity of light.

The campaign was funded in 8.63 hours and finishes at on Sunday 2nd April. Alex Eames, the designer, hopes it will do well enough to be able to produce the full system. RasPiO Inspiring will also be on display at PiWars on 1st/2nd April.

The Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

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