Hi, my name is Jordi. I am currently building the first Glowduino prototype, and would like to gauge the interest level in the community. I guess I should tell you what it is.
Glowduino is an Arduino-compatible LED controller board for use on multicopters. It utilizes a TLC5947 to provide constant-current sinks for 8 separate common anode RGB LED strips. In addition, Glowduino can be programmed to react to different sensor inputs or to information from your Ardupilot. For example, you could use this board to control navigation lights on your quadcopter, or control different status lights, etc.
Now here's where I need your help. There are a few things I need to know before I embark on this project. First, are you interested? Second, how much would you be willing to pay for this? Currently I'm thinking maybe in the $40-50 range. Lastly, do I need a USB vendor ID? This will be published as open-source hardware, and uses the FT232RL FTDI chip. If I do need one, is there any way I can get one for a bit less than $2000?
Thanks for reading, now here are some specs and photos.
- Brains: ATMEGA328 running Arduino bootloader (Arduino compatible)
- FT232RL for communication via USB
- TLC5947 for driving the LEDs
- 12V 3A regulated LED power supply
- 24 constant-current sinks
- 6 analog inputs (A0-A5)
- Header for expansion for more outputs (future)
- Prototypes will be from OSH Park, so purple :p (let me know if you know of a better option)
- RoHS Compliant (I think...)
- 4 status LEDs (TX, RX, ON, and L) and 2 buttons (Reset and Mode)
- Comes preprogrammed with several awesome modes!
- Powered from 2S to 6S Lipo
- Small-ish at 2" x 2"
- No mounting holes, sorry (no space...)