@djohns: The first thing I did was just [...] Then I changed it to [...] Then I added some [...] Then I decided to stop playing and go to bed...
LOL This is WONDERFUL -- thank you so much -- I am snowed under with work at the moment -- fighting my way toward the weekend -- but I cannot wait to root through all of this and see what you did.
Also, I hjave to say that this ha sinspired me to "pull my finger out" and actually start constructing the display so I can start playing with these effects on the real display.
FYI Keep your eyes open for a follow-up blog later today on MUC Designline in which I will be pondering whether to use I2C or create a custom interface to link two MCUs (as part of my BADASS Display, of course)
Hi, here is link to some stuff I put together for fun illustrating fading pixels on and off and abstracting from the hardware. It turned out to be very flexible. The first thing I did was just select pixels at random and give them a random rgb color. If the same pixel was randomly selected later and given a new color, it would fade from the one color to the other. Then I changed it to draw light the pixels as a vertical bar from the bottom to the selected pixel and fade the bar out over time. Then I added some gravity effects so that the bar would fade out from the top down. Then I decided to stop playing and go to bed...
I just noticed something kind of horrifying. After I installed the program I linked you (which is everything I said it was), I tried doing a Google search and discovered that the "Conduit" search engine hijacker had been installed on my machine (even though I had in fact agreed to NOTHING other than the download itself)! Now "Conduit" itself is sort of nasty but it is after all just a kind of adware, so I did a search on the removal process and was able to get rid of it in a few short steps, and the instructions that I found online (the ones that invoke adwcleaner) worked rather well and I believe they removed the problem completely. What I wanted to say first is that this download site is owned by Cnet which I understand is itself owned by the CBS network, and it is the very height of corporate irresponsibility AND GREED that they feel they can maintain this site as a paid mechanism for infecting other PCs with unwelcome adware as a means of monetizing the website, and I think a wholesale boycott of CBS products would not be out of the question. It's probably also possible to download the program directly fron the developer's website, I haven't looked for it yet but if I find it I'll leave that as the download link. Anyway I feel just TERRIBLE about the distress that I may have caused some of you, and I wanted to get this warning out as soon as possible, thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding!
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