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Shopping => Vendors/Other => Topic started by: darrell575 on February 29, 2016, 12:24:09 PM

Title: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on February 29, 2016, 12:24:09 PM
It's long overdue, but finally we can sink our chops into it!! Special thank you to the PiHat development team Clyde, Andy, and myself are very happy with this little guy and can't wait to get them in your hands.

Attached is the link to the Group Buy. We will invoice shipping once the boards are ready to ship out!!

So get ready to control a couple of universes, make you a portable light up jacket, or even add your indoor Christmas tree as part of your dispaly and control it with this little guy and a Pi!!!

https://www.crockettfantasyoflights.com/product/pixel-pihat-rev-b/
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Steve Gase on February 29, 2016, 02:20:19 PM
does this work with the FPP? ...the assumption is there, but just want to be clear. (video shows this to be YES)

also, will there be an RTC version of this available anytime soon?

will this support 5v pixels only?  (reading into this, but it seems if I removed the jumper supplying power to the Pi, then I could power the Pi through the USB port, and use the Hat's connector to supply 12v... right?)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: CaptainMurdoch on February 29, 2016, 09:07:19 PM
Thanks for running this.

I don't want to detract from sales of this board but want to let users know of options so they can make sure they get a board with the functionality they need.  Ron has also created a hat for the Pi which has two ws281x outputs, a RTC, a rj45 for serial output for DMX or PixelNet, and a power regulator so the board and pixels can be powered by higher than 12V.

I am not sure if he will do a group buy or just offer the board design for users to get made.

Both of these boards are great options for FPP users running on a Pi and will allow FPP to fit into even more places and uses.

Stick one of these Pixel PiHat boards on a Pi with wireless done or the Pi v3 with built in wireless and you can have a few hundred pixels anywhere in the yard (or your neighbors yard) for well under $100.  We need someone with a large pixel power injection setup to test the FPP code to see if we can drive even more pixels per output than we currently allow.  If not maybe I'll have to use one of my power injection boards to setup a test once I get those in hand.  :)

2016, another huge leap forward for FPP.  :)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: russellmcfarland on February 29, 2016, 10:25:01 PM
I'm in for 3.  I'd be interested in seeing what Ron has to offer as well.  Competition makes everything better.  Good stuff, guys.  Thanks for continuing to push our Hobby forward.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: deacon on February 29, 2016, 10:37:44 PM
Ordered one thanks! Looking forward to trying this out with some wearable projects.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on March 01, 2016, 06:26:03 AM
will this support 5v pixels only?  (reading into this, but it seems if I removed the jumper supplying power to the Pi, then I could power the Pi through the USB port, and use the Hat's connector to supply 12v... right?)

Supports both 5v and 12v.  Clyde posted video last night to show 12v running.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWcodtd4Vfk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWcodtd4Vfk)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: gadgetsmith on March 01, 2016, 08:22:40 AM
We need someone with a large pixel power injection setup to test the FPP code to see if we can drive even more pixels per output than we currently allow.  If not maybe I'll have to use one of

What is the code limit now?  I've got 1800 pixels hanging here from my ceiling, ready to put them to the test.  Do you want to see a B+ or a V2; both?  Two outputs or just one?  Test from master branch code?

Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: CaptainMurdoch on March 01, 2016, 11:38:50 AM

What is the code limit now?  I've got 1800 pixels hanging here from my ceiling, ready to put them to the test.  Do you want to see a B+ or a V2; both?  Two outputs or just one?  Test from master branch code?

I think it is set to 400 pixels in the UI but the backend code has no hard limits, so you could edit the /home/fpp/media/channeloutputs file and bump the pixel counts and channel count up and see what the max is.  I don't know if there will be much difference between the Pi models but you need a B+ or v2 to drive two strings.  I would try one and two outputs to see if one output can drive more than two combined or vice versa.  Testing from a B+ would be good since that should be the minimum but testing from the v2 as well will let us know if the faster CPU and extra cores let the v2 support more pixels.  If that is true then the v3 might support even more than the v2.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: gadgetsmith on March 03, 2016, 04:37:48 PM

What is the code limit now?  I've got 1800 pixels hanging here from my ceiling, ready to put them to the test.  Do you want to see a B+ or a V2; both?  Two outputs or just one?  Test from master branch code?

I think it is set to 400 pixels in the UI but the backend code has no hard limits, so you could edit the /home/fpp/media/channeloutputs file and bump the pixel counts and channel count up and see what the max is.  I don't know if there will be much difference between the Pi models but you need a B+ or v2 to drive two strings.  I would try one and two outputs to see if one output can drive more than two combined or vice versa.  Testing from a B+ would be good since that should be the minimum but testing from the v2 as well will let us know if the faster CPU and extra cores let the v2 support more pixels.  If that is true then the v3 might support even more than the v2.

Thanks Chris.  Editing that file manually is doing the trick.

I'm posting results of the max pixel limits here (it's a WIP)
http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,4555.msg48068.html#msg48068

Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 04, 2016, 05:55:04 PM
Due to several emails and Facebook posts I was asked to add an RTC and the power regulator/buck directly on the board. So I did both night before last and we sent it off to the board house for a prototype run. We should have it back next week some time and start testing. If all testing goes well the RevB boards will all be upgraded to the RevC with the additional options but without the components. Users can just add what they want to utilize on top of the basic fully assembled board. We will also look at sourcing the components and assembly as well like I did for the power Distro boards. Will have some more info next week and a new video with the new upgrades to the FPP allowing all those pixels!


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: clydel on March 04, 2016, 06:05:36 PM
Captain, is there a way to show us non-coding people how to adjust our limits in our Pi's?  We want to test it out too :D

Thanks Gadgetsmith for going forward with the FPP Pixel count testing.  I'm no programmer and have no clue how to go and hard code the pixel count for my purposes (http://falconchristmas.com/forum/Smileys/default/smiley.gif)  Just hoping the Captain can add that into the next release of the FPP...

I do have one other thing I'd like to bring up... the color order of the FPP is set to GRB... anyway we can change that??? like have the 6 different available output types added into it?  Can it be a dropdown box beside the GPIO 18/19 labels in the OTHERS TAB?
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: JonB256 on March 04, 2016, 06:53:06 PM
Per the other thread on this issue, looks like the better bet is to change from FPP v1.7 to the master-v1.x branch

Also in the master-v1.x branch, it allows changing the color order that you ask for



I've removed my manual instructions for FPP v1.7   It is a waste of time. Either wait for v1.8 or go with the master-v1.x branch that does it all for you.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: CaptainMurdoch on March 04, 2016, 07:56:42 PM
I will get the limit bumped up in master and master-v1.x.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 04, 2016, 10:30:32 PM
Just got mine up and running driving my 532 pixel matrix off the FPP with a pixel pi hat and power Distro board. Amazing! I'm blown away at how well this works. Great job! (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160305/ffb1e68cb02c75f8ec993047d62d169e.jpg)
http://youtu.be/ILFumLskMZ4



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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: CaptainMurdoch on March 04, 2016, 11:07:43 PM
The limit has been bumped up to 1000 pixels per output in the master-v1.x and master branches.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 04, 2016, 11:15:30 PM
This is amazing! I currently have 7 j1sys P2's in my display that ran me around $75 each if I remember correctly. If I wanted to I could use a B+ at $20 from microcenter. A power Distro board at $11.50 and a Pi Pixel Hat at $13 for a total of $44.50 to give me an awesome little controller that rivals the P2. Of course since I know the guy that makes 2 of those boards I bet I could get a discount. Ha. I'm blown away with how great this works.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Steve Gase on March 05, 2016, 12:08:54 AM
Due to several emails and Facebook posts I was asked to add an RTC and the power regulator/buck directly on the board. So I did both night before last and we sent it off to the board house for a prototype run. We should have it back next week some time and start testing. If all testing goes well the RevB boards will all be upgraded to the RevC with the additional options but without the components. Users can just add what they want to utilize on top of the basic fully assembled board. We will also look at sourcing the components and assembly as well like I did for the power Distro boards. Will have some more info next week and a new video with the new upgrades to the FPP allowing all those pixels!


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this is great!  at the store it still shows revB.  If I order revB will it be changed to revC?
i'm also interested in the pre-assembled RTC/buck converter.  when can I get on that list? 
thanks again!
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 05, 2016, 12:14:38 AM
Yes. Darrell is out of town with his kids this weekend. He will update the store info when he gets back. First things first is to test the RevC prototype when it comes in. If it is all good then when we make the final board run at the end of the group buy we will just run them all as RevC boards. No reason to run the revB design if we improved it. As for assembled cost of course we still have to test the RevC version first then I will start my research for suppliers of components and get an estimate for assembly etc and update the store with a fully assembled version. Shouldn't take to long. I had all the pricing locked down on the power Distro boards in less than 2 weeks. Should be able to lock all this down in about the same time frame.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: pixelpuppy on March 05, 2016, 11:17:14 PM
Due to several emails and Facebook posts I was asked to add an RTC and the power regulator/buck directly on the board. So I did both night before last and we sent it off to the board house for a prototype run.
this is great!  at the store it still shows revB.  If I order revB will it be changed to revC?
i'm also interested in the pre-assembled RTC/buck converter.  when can I get on that list? 
thanks again!


I agree this is great!  Now that we know the pixel limit is higher than originally suspected, it would be super great if the two boards (Pi Pixel Hat and Power Distro) could be combined.  Not sure if there is enough room for all 6 power Distro outlets but maybe the existing two WS281x outputs plus 4 power-only outputs.  I would be fine with omitting the WS2801 output to make more room for power Distro.   Just a thought  ::)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on March 11, 2016, 06:34:56 PM
Introduction to the Pixel PiHat RevC design

https://vimeo.com/158689370
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 11, 2016, 06:36:30 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160312/26f93b0cd317b834a7d3afca5b7a88f0.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160312/054d70a61144f753414d53472aaa4835.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160312/d520e9a98e40783d32b23e37c6315eb1.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160312/15451873265e94d9a7b5df270c048bb7.jpg)


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: markrvp on March 12, 2016, 05:42:44 AM
I checked my mailbox but the two I ordered weren't in it.  I'll just stand by the mailbox until they arrive  ;)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 13, 2016, 07:10:11 PM
 :) :) :) :) :) ;) ;) ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zNW2ozriI8
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: b33son on March 19, 2016, 01:19:05 AM
I couldn't find an explanation anywhere about what situations the RTC is needed. I'm trying to determine whether I need to upgrade to the deluxe version.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Steve Gase on March 19, 2016, 01:47:45 AM
I couldn't find an explanation anywhere about what situations the RTC is needed. I'm trying to determine whether I need to upgrade to the deluxe version.
the pi and bbb and similar units do not know the time when they are powered on.
if you have a network connection (wired or wireless) then you should be able to connect to the internet and get the time from a time server.

when you don't have a network connection, then the fpp (pi/bbb) does not know the time and either need you to connect to provide the time -- which is gone the next time you lose power -- or you need a RTC.  this is a battery-operated device, much like you have installed on your desktop computer.  the battery powers a chip that keeps track of time (reasonably well, but not perfectly).  when the computer is powered up, it gets the time from the chip.

if you have a standalone prop using this pihat, you'll want a RTC most likely.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: algerdes on March 19, 2016, 08:26:16 AM
I couldn't find an explanation anywhere about what situations the RTC is needed. I'm trying to determine whether I need to upgrade to the deluxe version.


If there is no internet connection then you need a clock.
With the PiHat opening up a whole new ability to put props out by themselves - practically anywhere, the chances of there not being a connection has been increased.


We are building trees for stand-a-lone displays that will be self-running.  They definitely will need a clock.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: pixelpuppy on March 19, 2016, 09:08:32 AM
I may be wrong, but its my understanding that you only need the Real Time Clock if there is no internet connection AND you need to run sequences on a specific time/date schedule.


In other words, a standalone FPP with a playlist that loops continuously or is triggered by some other event doesn't need a Real Time Clock.




Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on March 19, 2016, 09:48:38 AM
Correct. You also do not need a clock if you are running the FPP in remote mode or bridge mode. You really only need the clock for the main master pi.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: dink911 on April 08, 2016, 01:41:34 PM
Is it possible to run 24v ( I think i saw buck converter is for 12v to 5v)?


Wanted to use the hat to run 20w floods which require 24v so can the buck converter handle that or be switched out?


If it can be switched out any ideal on a model number?


Thanks,
Steven G
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Bill Ellick on April 08, 2016, 02:21:17 PM
Sorry for my stupid answer!  I thought I was in a different thread and not this one.  Doh!
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on April 08, 2016, 02:37:21 PM
The DC/DC convertor I used on these boards should handle 24v no problem. Attached is the info from mouser stating "Input 7V to 36v" full disclosure though I have not tested with anything greater than 12v so I would recommend you put 24v to it first before you hook it to your pi and test the output voltage to the pins with a meter.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160408/462580008995a2c31f012fd268011140.jpg)


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: jnealand on April 08, 2016, 03:53:08 PM
Got any updates on estimated delivery???????  Some folks are anxiously waiting for F16v2, but I am waiting for some hats.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on April 08, 2016, 03:56:30 PM
Darrell will have to chime in on that. I know he ordered them already from the board house and they are ordering all the components to assemble them. Not sure what turn around time they have him. He did use the same board house I used for the power Distro boards and it took a little over 5 weeks from me paying them to the day they actually arrived on my doorstep. Mind you they told me 3 weeks estimated delivery lol. I guess 3 weeks in China actually means 5.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: dink911 on April 08, 2016, 04:13:07 PM
The DC/DC convertor I used on these boards should handle 24v no problem. Attached is the info from mouser stating "Input 7V to 36v" full disclosure though I have not tested with anything greater than 12v so I would recommend you put 24v to it first before you hook it to your pi and test the output voltage to the pins with a meter.


That is good to know, I will test it out and report back once I get them :)


Thanks,
Steven G
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: tmcteer on April 08, 2016, 04:29:01 PM
Are all the GB products spoken for. I'm not able to add any items to the cart.


Tom
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on April 08, 2016, 04:32:15 PM
I will text Darrell and tell him to jump online. He handled all aspects of this group buy. I was busy with the power boards and the pi HAT was his idea. I just got to be the man behind the scene doing what I was told on this one. Give him a few and he will jump on.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: dink911 on April 08, 2016, 04:45:16 PM
Quick question in xLights to setup for hat do you use add Null or does it get assigned a universe (E1.31), I have the Pi setup figured out just wanted to add models in xLights.


Thanks,
Steven G
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on April 08, 2016, 05:05:13 PM
Hey guys!! I finally setup subscription to receive alerts on this phone thingy :)

I was quoted 4-5 weeks, so I will keep everyone posted as to what is going on when I get updates from the manufacturer. I will email them tonight to see if I can get a status currently showing "manufacturing".

@Tom
The GB is closed , but I ordered extra of the standard and the deluxe models to have in-stock @CFOL

If we see another spike in interest we might have another GB later in the summer for those that wake up mid year and start thinking Christmas! I to a fault sometimes think of it when I'm sleeping and awake!

Thanks, Darrell


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on April 09, 2016, 06:43:50 AM
So I received word back from the board manufacturer last night and the parts that had to be ordered from mouser have been and they should receive them by the end of next week.

So it has been a week since I placed the order, add the additional week to get the parts in there is two weeks already.

I'm going to error on the side of caution and say that 2-3 weeks for assembly, and a week for shipping.

So we are looking at a 5-6 week turn around.

I will set a calendar reminder to check back with them a week from today and post another status update!

Thanks, Darrell

***Hi Darrell,
Everything goes well by now, the parts we purchased from mouser are on the
way, that would be received by end of next weekend, and we will start the
assemble work ASAP then.***


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: tmcteer on April 09, 2016, 10:43:40 AM
Thanks for the reply
Put me down for 1 standard and 1 deluxe when you have the GB settled or Let me know when they will be in the store.


Thanks,
Tom
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: rcbthree on April 10, 2016, 10:15:26 PM
 I must have just missed the preorder!!!  Will this be available in the store once the preorder is all shipped out?  If so I would take several.

 
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on April 14, 2016, 09:50:47 PM
***UPDATE***

Hi Darrell,
Any other parts are received by now, except the Fuse holder and DC/DC Converters, that is some days delay than expect, we would receive them at about next Wednesday, sorry for this.
**********************************

I have a weekly reminder setup for updates. I will keep you guys posted!

Thanks,
Darrell Pellegrin
Crockett Fantasy of Lights


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on April 25, 2016, 03:52:11 PM
Did I miss the weekly update?
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on April 25, 2016, 03:53:19 PM
Oh he has an exciting update today. Sent me the info this morning but I will let him share.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on April 25, 2016, 03:54:42 PM
Oh he has an exciting update today. Sent me the info this morning but I will let him share.


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 :o gee thanks Andy!  :)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on April 25, 2016, 05:25:15 PM
Sorry guys I have been out of state with a family emergency and had very spotty wifi.

I did ask for an update from the board manufacturer and was told that the parts have all arrived and they assembled one standard and one deluxe board and sent me the pictures of each for approval before they assemble the rest.

I have sent them a response with the approval to proceed and asked for a estimated assembly and shipping time via DHL.

Attached are the pictures and once I get a response with the estimated times I will post here.

Thanks,
Darrell Pellegrin
Crockett Fantasy of Lights,LLC


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on April 30, 2016, 08:01:30 AM
Good Morning everyone!

Weekly PiHat update is in. Production is in full swing and expected to wrap up by mid of next week.

Then the QC department will check the boards and if they are cleared they will ship by the end of the week.

I asked for DHL shipping so to get them in quickly. I will keep you posted here and on the CFOL page for anymore updates as I get them.

Thanks,
Darrell Pellegrin
Crockett Fantasy of Lights, LLC


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: FrankP on May 11, 2016, 03:38:20 PM
Hi Darrell,


PiHat rev.C boards received today. They look great!


Thanks!!


Frank
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 11, 2016, 03:42:10 PM
Thank you for the support!!

I will be opening another group by soon because of the emails I have received shows more demand, so tell your friends, neighbors, in-laws and outlaws!! :)

Thanks,
Darrell


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: algerdes on May 11, 2016, 05:01:14 PM
I too received mine.  Very well done.
Will be trying them out next week.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: vtpolak on May 11, 2016, 05:59:42 PM
Thanks for getting these out its a much neater setup than I had before


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 11, 2016, 06:02:28 PM
Thanks for getting these out its a much neater setup than I had before


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Awesome!! I can't wait to use this on my Indoor Christmas tree!! Don't tell the wife ;)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: JonB256 on May 11, 2016, 08:28:39 PM
Awesome!! I can't wait to use this on my Indoor Christmas tree!! Don't tell the wife ;)

I also have two strings of white pixel balls that are perfect for a Christmas Tree. Never wanted to dedicate a full Falcon controller for them. This will be perfect (since my two hats arrived today). :)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 11, 2016, 08:37:42 PM
Yeah this board for the price is perfect for the smaller projects you don't want to dedicate a port off of a mega controller.


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: L1011 on May 12, 2016, 07:07:51 AM
Thank you for the support!!

I will be opening another group by soon because of the emails I have received shows more demand, so tell your friends, neighbors, in-laws and outlaws!! :)


You can count me in as I missed the first group buy.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Emuney18 on May 12, 2016, 07:43:22 AM
Thanks Darrell.  I can't wait to use these little guys.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: TravisSlaughter on May 12, 2016, 01:36:49 PM
Is there a certain setting I should use in fpp for using the pi hat? (I.e. How to address output 1,2 on the hat) I assume you just use the pi ip to communicate. Any special instructions would be appreciated. Maybe update fpp to add this option in in the channel configuration page?( e1.31, open dmx, enetec dongle, pi hat)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on May 12, 2016, 01:49:35 PM
PiHat utilizes the GPIO pins.  Do a search on here for GPIO or RPIWS281X and you'll find several posts on how to run lights off the GPIO pins.  The options are already there.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 12, 2016, 01:52:07 PM
Is there a certain setting I should use in fpp for using the pi hat? (I.e. How to address output 1,2 on the hat) I assume you just use the pi ip to communicate. Any special instructions would be appreciated. Maybe update fpp to add this option in in the channel configuration page?( e1.31, open dmx, enetec dongle, pi hat)


This is extremely old and needs to be updated. I think Andy might have a more up to date on but this was just testing soldered to the gpio pins.

Skip to 7:40 and you will see how to set it  up in FPP.

https://vimeo.com/150368850

Thanks, Darrell
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on May 12, 2016, 01:54:59 PM

This is extremely old......


It's 4 months old...wow, we make Moore's Law look slow  :)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 12, 2016, 01:57:40 PM

This is extremely old......


It's 4 months old...wow, we make Moore's Law look slow  :)


Consider it Alpha testing for the PiHat!! ;)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: TravisSlaughter on May 12, 2016, 02:01:51 PM
Awesome thats what i was looking for. I take it one set is for gpio 18 and one set for gpio19. Did anyone ever find limits on each gpio pin. Just curious on that note im sure i wont run more than a universe off each output


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on May 12, 2016, 02:04:22 PM
I believe the Cap'n has them limited to 1,000 pixels each (2,000 pixels total) in the current version of FPP.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 12, 2016, 02:04:49 PM
Awesome thats what i was looking for. I take it one set is for gpio 18 and one set for gpio19. Did anyone ever find limits on each gpio pin. Just curious on that note im sure i wont run more than a universe off each output


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If you upgrade to the latest they have it open for 1000 pixels each. You will have to inject a lot, of course.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: mararunr on May 12, 2016, 02:05:26 PM
http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,4707.msg50034.html#msg50034 (http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,4707.msg50034.html#msg50034)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on May 12, 2016, 02:17:50 PM
Here is a quick video........

https://youtu.be/TeF2zoINjcA

 ;) ;)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 12, 2016, 02:29:42 PM
Here is a quick video........

https://youtu.be/TeF2zoINjcA

 ;) ;)


Yeah now you see why sent you a text and woke you up the other day. We could have filmed this last week!!! ;)

Thanks bud!!
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: harrison0550 on May 12, 2016, 02:31:28 PM
 :P :P :P :P
Yea yea, Its up now. Busy time of year for me. Plus I was out of town.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on May 12, 2016, 10:34:16 PM
Second PiHat group buy up and running. Will run this buy until the end of June with a August delivery date.

Same Standard and Deluxe models as the last buy.

Shipping will be invoiced at the time of shipping like this past order.

https://www.crockettfantasyoflights.com/product/pixel-pihat-rev-c/


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Bwinter on July 02, 2016, 11:37:33 PM
Looks like I just missed the sign-up. Any chance for another run this year?  Or other options for getting ahold of a handful?
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on July 03, 2016, 07:22:14 AM
I will probably have a few extras for stock once the dust settles after the shipping of the next batch.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Cjlocey on July 25, 2016, 09:33:09 AM
I just ordered a Pi hat but I could use some help to locate where to buy the power distro board that is referred to on this thread.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on July 25, 2016, 09:58:32 AM
I just ordered a Pi hat but I could use some help to locate where to buy the power distro board that is referred to on this thread.

Andy had opened an interest thread here is the link.

http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,5121.0.html (http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,5121.0.html)
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Bwinter on December 29, 2016, 08:38:05 PM
So....any plans to continue this with some tweaks for RevC?

I ran a handful this year, worked great!  I few things I would have liked in the next version:

1.  Incorporate the uAmp chip so to increase the distance from Hat to 1st node.  There was also some mention of a buffer-chip that does something...
2.  Consider the direction of the input power wire, and/or use the standard connectors so we can use different wiring direction if needed
3.  Verify that the pitch of the connectors are standard (my AlphaPix used the same type of connectors, but not the same size--not sure which one was "off")
4.  Allow pass-through of the remaining Pi pins, so we can use the GPIO pins for input triggers
5.  Have each output fused separately, and include a couple additional fused-connections for power-injection
6.  World peace

Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on December 30, 2016, 10:09:05 AM
So....any plans to continue this with some tweaks for RevC?

I ran a handful this year, worked great!  I few things I would have liked in the next version:

1.  Incorporate the uAmp chip so to increase the distance from Hat to 1st node.  There was also some mention of a buffer-chip that does something...
2.  Consider the direction of the input power wire, and/or use the standard connectors so we can use different wiring direction if needed
3.  Verify that the pitch of the connectors are standard (my AlphaPix used the same type of connectors, but not the same size--not sure which one was "off")
4.  Allow pass-through of the remaining Pi pins, so we can use the GPIO pins for input triggers
5.  Have each output fused separately, and include a couple additional fused-connections for power-injection
6.  World peace

Here is the version that I will have in the store for pre-sale starting Jan 1.

https://vimeo.com/183190086 (https://vimeo.com/183190086)

Thanks,
Darrell Pellegrin
Crockett Fantasy of Lights, LLC
www.crockettfantasyoflights.com (http://www.crockettfantasyoflights.com)


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Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: Bwinter on December 30, 2016, 10:56:47 AM
Looks great!

My only additional wish is that the in/out wires didn't connect from the side.  Would prefer if they drop from the top (z-axis) or along the plane that the USB drive sits.  Are there optional connectors that could be used, so we have flexibility in this?

Also, does this have the LEDs that tell us which fuse we blew?  I'm asking for a friend who blew several fuses...

I liked having mine in a small waterproof case (I used a central power-supply to power multiple units).  With the wires exiting the side, you'll need a larger case.

Either way though, I'm picking up several.
Title: Re: Pixel PiHat rev. B group buy
Post by: darrell575 on December 30, 2016, 11:02:59 AM
Looks great!

My only additional wish is that the in/out wires didn't connect from the side.  Would prefer if they drop from the top (z-axis) or along the plane that the USB drive sits.  Are there optional connectors that could be used, so we have flexibility in this?

Also, does this have the LEDs that tell us which fuse we blew?  I'm asking for a friend who blew several fuses...

I liked having mine in a small waterproof case (I used a central power-supply to power multiple units).  With the wires exiting the side, you'll need a larger case.

Either way though, I'm picking up several.


The ports will be vertical. The wrong parts were ordered. Never intended for them to be horizontal, but the parts came in two days before the TN Mini.

No blown fuse indicators on the PiHat.

Thanks,
Darrell Pellegrin
Crockett Fantasy of Lights, LLC



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