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Hanson Electronics – Octoscrolla

The Octoscrolla from Hanson Electronics has some interesting tweaks over the original design. Here’s a quick look at the board.

This is a video about the Octoscrolla from Hanson Electronics. The Octocrolla is a clone of the original Octoscroller design and is pin compatible (except for the real-time clock). It is a cape designed to plug into a BeagleBone Black running Falcon Player to allow you to run up to 64 P10 led matrix panels. Each of the 8 16-pin connectors can control up to 8 P10 panels.

The version shown in the video has a real-time clock chip via a TinyRTC board mounted on the bottom of the board. This is useful if you’re using this in an area that doesn’t have internet access to fetch the current time.

Trammel Hudson developed the original Octoscroller and some background information on it can be found at http://www.nycresistor.com/2013/09/12/octoscroller/

Falcon F16V3 Pixel Controller

The Falcon F16V3 Pixel Controller is the latest in a line of awesome controllers from David Pitts.

This video covers all the features of this new board along with an Expansion Board and a Differential Expansion Board plus Differential Receivers. If you run pixels in your display or are thinking about running pixels, seriously look at getting one of these controllers.

In RGB Pixel lighting, a pixel controller converts the E1.31 output from a computer into serial data the lights need to work. This is a specialized controller specifically designed for RGB pixel lighting.

Some other items you might need or want are a MeanWell 12V power supply or 5V depending on your pixels and possibly a Raspberry Pi 3 (board only) or Raspberry Pi 3 (full starter kit). The controller does have hardware to allow it to run Falcon Player and early reports are that the new firmware supporting that functionality looks good though I have not been able to test it yet. I will update this post once I’ve done that.

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