ShiftBrite Roundup Megapost

A lot of ShiftBrite modules are out there now, and occasionally someone will post a few pictures on their website or some videos of their latest project. Here's some of the projects I ran across that I thought were pretty awesome:

Altoona Lights:

Nick over at thought that ShiftBrites might be an interesting addition to the DoItYourselfChrismas community. He has been rigging his house with computer-controlled Christmas lights, synchronized to music. One of the more popular pieces of control software for home displays is called Vixen Lights, and Nick decided to jump into C# programming to create a ShiftBrite plugin for Vixen. His code currently uses a parallel port to output the serial data and control lines. His ShiftBrite page includes lots of protocol analysis, pinouts, source code, and demo videos (I should probably take a hint from this). LED technology is becoming increasingly popular with animated display builders, since they are straightforward to control and dim, have a long life, and in some installations don't require dangerous voltages.


Ted has been trying out lots of projects with ShiftBrites. His latest creations include synchronizing colors to music, accelerometers, and wireless transceivers. Check out his YouTube channel for some more ShiftBrite test applications. He's been using an Arduino as a controller.

Blinkenwall 0.1 Alpha:

Metalab Blinkenwall Alpha 0.1 from Overflo from on Vimeo.

A customer called "overflo" used 45 ShiftBrites to build a 5x9 pixel array for an event at There will be some build photos and instructions on their wiki soon.

2005 Mustang KITT Scanner:

"my05stang", the Youtube user also known as blustang on the Arduino forums, has been posting update videos of his 2005 Mustang KITT hood scoop color-configurable scanner project. I've helped out with the coding starting with his request in this thread, and posted some videos of my own. He's finally got all 32 ShiftBrites soldered together, I'm anticipating what it will look like in the final installation. He used headerless ShiftBrites and short wires, and managed to get them soldered a lot faster than I thought would be possible.


 Alex over in Italy has been starting up some ShiftBrite tests, he's also using an Arduino.


YouTube user "thefetke" made a Christmas wreath with 8 ShiftBrite modules. An actual wreath with greenery and everything. Looks great!


A lot of people have written in with great ideas for ShiftBrites, so I'm sure there will be even more amazing demonstrations to post in a future ShiftBrite Project Roundup!

Submitted by Garrett on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 21:59.

High Tech Stuff!!

High Tech Stuff!!