I have created a compact and versatile neopixel driver board that has multiple uses, including functioning as a ser2net programmer, data logging environment, and reading UART sensor data. However, its primary purpose is to drive WS2812B/SK6812 led strips or matrixes and create captivating light effects. It can be programmed with WLED to drive Led Strips or with PixelIt to drive a Led matrix.
This board, also known as the GumPixel Board, is equipped with an ESP8266 ESP-12F with 4MB memory and supports OTA updates. It stands out because of its small size and user-friendly screw terminals and buttons. The board accepts a 5V power input and can output power to WS2812b LEDs. Additionally, it works with all 5V LED strips and can drive 8×32 led matrix displays like Pixel It with ease.
A compiled binary for the ESP-01 PixelIt led Matrix display is available under the documentation link below. You can also use it with the WLED library. The board includes a mode (GPIO_0) and RESET button, two soldering pads for connecting an additional button, and convenient screw terminals for wiring. A thick 5V power delivery trace is included to ensure sufficient current delivery to the LED strip, and a large low ESR capacitor improves system stability. Furthermore, a breakout for UART programming flashing and a hot-swap 2×4 Pin Female connector for the ESP-01 Module are provided.
The GumPixel board functions perfectly with WS2812/SK6812 LED strips and WLED software for Ambilight and Xmas tree decoration, as well as with WS2812/SK6812 LED Matrix displays. You can purchase it from Tindie by following the link below.
The GumPixel board is a powerful and flexible tool for anyone looking to create eye-catching lighting effects with LED strips or matrix displays. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide variety of applications, from creating mood lighting in a bedroom or living room to adding visual flair to a DJ booth or stage show. The possibilities are truly endless.
One of the standout features of the GumPixel board is its small size and convenient screw terminals and buttons. These make it incredibly easy to install and use, even for those who may be new to working with LED strips or matrix displays. Additionally, the board is designed to be highly reliable, with features such as a thick 5V power delivery trace and a large low ESR capacitor that ensure stable operation even in challenging environments.
Another advantage of the GumPixel board is its compatibility with a wide range of software tools and programming languages. Whether you prefer to use WLED, PixelIt, or another software package, the board is designed to work seamlessly with these tools and provide you with maximum flexibility and control over your lighting effects.
Whether you are a seasoned DIYer or a novice looking to get started with LED lighting, this board is an excellent choice that will provide you with the performance, reliability, and ease of use you need to create stunning visual effects with ease.
What makes it special?
A small board with convenient screw terminals and buttons which takes a 5V power source on input and provides an output for WS2812b LEDs it also uses a simple ESP8266 ESP-01 Module. It works well with all 5V led strips and drives easily 8×32 led matrix displays like Pixel It.
A compiled binary for ESP-01 PixelIt led Matrix display is available under the documentation link below. You can use it also with a WLED library. https://github.com/gumslone/Pixel-It-ESP8266-ESP-01
- Mode (GPIO_0) and RESET Button
- Two soldering pads on the board back to connect additional button i.e. enclosure button which will replicate the mode button actions
- convenient screw terminals for wiring
- thick 5V power delivery trace for delivering enough current to the LED strip
- large low ESR capacitor for a better system stability
- breakout for UART Programming flashing
- hot-swap 2×4 Pin Female connector for ESP-01 Module
- works great with WS2812/SK6812 LED strips and WLED software for Ambilight and Xmas tree decoration
- works great with WS2812/SK6812 LED Matrix displays
Where to get it? You can get one from Tindie: https://www.tindie.com/products/21371/