Slobberworthy Multicolor 7- and 16-Segment Displays
I’m thinking of all the projects I could create using these little beauties. When you look at these little scamps, do you feel your creative juices starting to slosh around?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — there’s too much fun stuff to do and not enough time to do it all in. Recently, for example, I penned a little Cool Beans Blog on the topic of Droolworthy Electromechanical 7-Segment Displays.
There are a couple of expressions that come to mind, like “Don’t poke a sleeping bear” and “Let sleeping dogs lie.” We might paraphrase these as “Don’t poke a sleeping Max” and “Let a sleeping Max lie.” Unfortunately, either my chum Aubrey is unfamiliar with these sayings or he’s just feeling mischievous, because he sent me an email saying: “Since you like droolworthy flashing LED-based devices, you should check these out — it looks like there’s a NeoPixel for each segment.”
This message was accompanied by a link to an RGB Digit 7-Segment Display column on the Elektor.com website. As we see in this video, a guy called Coen de Bruijn has created a rather tasty 1-inch (~25 mm) tall 7-segment display using eight NeoPixels (one for each of the segments and one for the decimal point).
I have to say that the result is remarkably tasty. I can absolutely see myself using these little scamps for a whole bunch of projects. In fact, the more I look at them, the more I want them!
But wait, there’s more, because almost immediately after reading Aubrey’s message I ran across this RGB 16 Segment LED entry on the Hackaday.io website.
OMG! Using 25 NeoPixels, these 16-Segment displays stand 100 mm (~4 inches) high and 80 mm (~3 inches) wide. It’s sad that the accompanying video shows a test of the display using only white light, but the technicolor images on Elektor’s website more than make up for this oversight.
Now I’m thinking of all the projects I could create using these little beauties. How about you? When you look at these little scamps, do you feel your creative juices starting to slosh around?