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RGBDigit 1"RGB 7Sement Digit Arduino and neopixel driven

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October 10, 2014, Latest update: May 24, 2016
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Dear visitor,
There are basicly 2 way's to explore RGBDigit.
One; For a quick RGBDigit impression view the interview with Clemens Valens Technical Manager Elektor Magazine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wk6n51X8Jg
 
TwoFor more detail explore the tekst below.
 
Hope to see you at   http://www.makerfaire-ruhr.com/   2017
Greetings,
Coen
 
This is what I had in mind when starting my RGBDigit project, an RGBDigit user building his own awsome RGBDigit project
Nice work Ralph
See http://blog.crutzen.eu/2016/02/17/arduino-tijdmachine/  
video only https://youtu.be/Bg_pWqyHHvQ
 
Hope to see you at http://www.rgbdigit.com/ or RGBDigit.com/shop
 
Finally it is there, the RGBDigit library.
This week, one of the RGBDigit customers has almost finished his RGBDigit Arduino library. 
He has posted it on https://github.com/ralphcrutzen/RGBDigit so everyone can use it.
It looks really cool. Well done Raplh!
With this library, RGBDigit users can very easily program the neopixels used inside the RGBDigit's.
Also, the IR reader which you can find on the RGBDigit shield, is implemented in the new RGBDigit library.
The application of the LM92 Temperature sensor, which you can also find on the RGBDigit shield, wil become available in the next version of the library.
I am really happy with the library and hope you will enjoy it to.
Once again, great job Ralph.
Kind regards,
RGBDigit.com/shop
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19-9-2015
What is RGBDigit
RGBDigit is the first 7 segment display with programmable RGB LEDS, that requires only 3 wires to control them. 
RGBDigit improves the possibilities and usability of displays compared to those that are currently on the market:
Standard display  
The well-known classic 7-segment display.
-    One pre-set colour, where the variety of colours is limited
-    10 wires on the back
Adafruit RGB 7 segment display (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1399)
Although the display looks quite good, it has some disadvantages.
-    High price, the price is quite high at around €14 per display.
-    25 pins on the back, this requires a lot of solder work if you want to have for example a simple 4 digit clock, were you have to make sense of 100 wires.
-    Limited Arduino platform support, a more advanced micro controller is needed that can receive all these inputs (Arduino UNO doesn’t have enough ports for just one of these digits!)
RGBDigit
The new developed RBGDigit gives a solution with the struggles that are shown above. We offer the following features:
-    Arduino platform support.
-    Neopixels, allowing 16.581.375 possible colours and the use of the well-developed Neopixel library  https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide/arduino-library  By using standard neopixels the RGBDigit's can also be controlled by micro controllers other than the Arduino UNO e.g. raspberry pi.
-    Minimum number of connecting pins, using only 3 pens in from your micro controller and 3 pens out that are used to connect the digits with each other.       
-    Cascading up to 10 RGDigits, using only 3 input wires for all the digits.
-    Open source product.
Currently there is already a RGBDigit library available, written by a RGBDigit user
-    Supporting products available for using the RGBDigit's.
At this moment there is a  Arduino UNO shield  and a Arduino Micro 4 or 6 digit backbone available.
-    Hardware and demo software available via the Site or Webshop.
                See RGBDigit.com/Download and RGBDigit.com/shop
-    Community, make it possible that future users have a lot of fun in using/programming/applying the RGBDigit's. just like me.  Maintaining/expanding a RGBDigit application list for all existing and future users.
We are of course always open to ideas or suggestions to improve the RGBDigit products.
Kind regards,
RGBDigit.com/shop and Coen.
 
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12-9-2015
 
Following the successful Makerfaire 2015 in Eindhoven NL we have started a RGBDigit webshop.
In the shop you can find the RGBDigits and his supporting products (Arduino schield) who have come from the project
and there will be an interesting early bird discount.
 
The main goal of the project is to allow users to experience a lot of fun in using our RGBDigits, just like me
And to raise some funds for the next step in the project, namely scaling up the production and starting a kickstarter project 
 
 
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12-1-2015
Description of my  1" RGBDigit ARDUINO UNO/Micro project.
Always wanted to work with a multicolor serial 7segment display. In this project you can read all about the development of my Arduino Micro / UNO controlled 1" RGBDigit. The result is a multifunctional 4x 1" RGBdigit Arduino UNO schield and a 6x 1" RGBDigit Arduino Micro coltrolled backbone board both with a very accurate DS3231 clock.
 
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The first 130 RGBDigits and the RGBDigit UNO Shield are ready see photo's
Shield side    http://rgbdigit.com/images/Shield_side.jpg
Shield front   http://rgbdigit.com/images/Shield_front.jpg
Shield rear     http://rgbdigit.com/images/Shield_rear.jpg
 
Arduino UNO RGBDigit on breadboard 
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/RGBDigit_V10_2digits_0.jpg
 
1" RGBDigit datasheet
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/RGBDigit_datasheet_V2.02.pdf
 
RGBDgit shield disciption
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/Projectdescription%20Shield%20V5_03%20ENG.pdf
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Archive
 
RGBDigit Arduino UNO 
temp verus color demo            https://youtu.be/EAx4L1f77to   
RGBDigit Xmas message         https://youtu.be/dpzWZ4psmIQ
RGBDigit men at work             https://youtu.be/uU-5yIm9zb4
Impression 1 RGBDigit            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLLxokFfTlQ
Hello World                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB4A4m1zJgQ
Color temp (range)                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eonVfKxJ2rM 
Brightnes demo                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imei1ZpT40g 
Demo 6 x 1" rgbdigit clock       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsbDtWgzKpg  
 
These products can be purchased soon on  http://rgbdigit.com/
Stay up to date. Follow the development of these projects on https://www.facebook.com/pages/RGBDigitcom/1465816710361175
or send an email to info@rgbdigit.com
foto's direct
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/PA095273_V2.jpg
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/IMG_1273_V2.jpg
http://www.elektor-labs.com/sites/default/files/RGBDigit%20color%20impression%20V22.jpg
 
 
 
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