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Flickerstrip – Create Your Own Personal Light Show

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4.8?
Discovered on 2016-05-05

Flickerstrip is the LED strip that connects to your Wi-Fi network and lets you upload custom, animated patterns. Unlike other LED strips that are limited to a single color, Flickerstrip lets you control each pixel to create a dancing light show with nothing but your smartphone. Download patterns or “lightworks” submitted by others from the online repository or build your own light art from scratch using an intuitive graphical interface. Whether it’s a variety of white lighting, an ambiance to fit the mood, or a dramatic show, Flickerstrip makes it easy. You can even use Flickerstrip with a USB battery to take it with you as an accessory or part of a luminous costume.

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HOhmBody
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@Eric, unfortunately the status is unchanged. We'll be sending you a replacement as soon as we get units in.. unfortunately we're not sure when that'll be!
Eric Schwertzel (art & eden e-commerce)
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Hi Creator, We corresponded about my lost or sent back package. Can you contact me about resending?
HOhmBody
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@Yannik, you might want to try configuring Flickerstrip to your Wi-Fi network. When connecting in ad-hoc mode, you'll find it difficult to maintain a connection especially in a congested area.
Yannik
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Hi Creator,
I have a technical problem with the Flicker Strip "WIFI Controller". When I plug it, it works fine for a minute then after, although still being connected by Wifi, I can no longer see the light strip in the app. Can you please help me with this issue?
Thanks in advance,
Yannik
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@macintop You won't get a tracking number automatically. Shoot me an email/message and I can get you the tracking number. If you're outside of the US, the tracking information is likely to be fairly vague about where your package is, unfortunately.
Macintop
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Do we get a email/tracking number once it's shipped? I got a email a back in December asking for my phone number, I replied but didn't hear anything after that.
Naveen
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Received my Flickerstrip today , it is working fine pre programmed design , i need to connect it to Wifi and see if i can make my designs.
HOhmBody
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I've had a few people message me who were having trouble getting their Flickerstrip connected to their WiFi network. Unfortunately there are a few bugs still in there that makes the configuration process fail sometimes. I've made a video to help those of you having trouble: https://youtu.be/aQdlm-NHjT0 Please let me know if try these steps and whether or not they work for you!
HOhmBody
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@T.Lin We're getting these out as fast as possible. Unfortunately another set of minor hiccups resulted in nothing going out Monday or Tuesday, but we're working on getting these into your hands as soon as possible! I'll write an update soon with more information about the hiccup and the progress.
T.Lin
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Dear HOhmBody:Happy holidays! I still haven't received any tracking info for my order. is there any chance you can help? Fingers crossed it could arrive before the new years!
HOhmBody
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@Noah I've heard similar complaints a handful of times. Unfortunately, yes, the configuration process is not as smooth as I'd like it to be. I'm going to try to film a quick video tomorrow running through a few common problems and their solutions. I've PMd you a few suggestions based on some additional information you provided, but hopefully the video will help a lot getting these working. Julian
Noah
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Any reason why your app cannot figure out how to sync with the strips. I've followed your instructions several times, uninstalled the app and reinstalled and it still won't find your strip. Why would I need to relaunch the app if the wifi is already connected?
HOhmBody
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@Andy Thanks! It means a lot to me! As a frequent Kickstarter backer myself, I know the frustration of a project that is uncommunicative and delayed. It's the least I can do to keep you posted after all of your collective support and enthusiasm for the project. Julian
Andy Meyer
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@HOhmBody
I'm going to take the time to say how awesome you're doing with this project. I've backed a few other kickstarters and I have been greatly disappointed in the lack of communication/PROMPT communication and failings to even get anywhere CLOSE to their projected completed date. To be off by merely a week or two of your date is simply astounding to me. Thank you for your hard work and an excellent job well done. I will continue to keep coming back to you for my lighting needs around my home and make sure my Friends and Family know where I got them from.
HOhmBody
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@Dan The PCBs are fully assembled and all that remains is the box build and the shipping. There have been a few minor setbacks and it's not clear how much that will affect the final shipping date. I'm still optimistic that we may get most orders out by the end of the month, but the realist in me expects that it may well take an additional week or two. Some good news, the previously reported delay on the developer kits has been closed by some of the parts I needed for that arriving faster than expected. I hope to have all of the kits ready at the same time. I'll post an update early next week with any more information I can muster! Julian
Dan Rothstein
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@Creator - any shipping update? Thanks!
HOhmBody
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@Darren The app is just called Flickerstrip. They said that it may take some time to propagate to all regions. Give it another shot after waiting an interval.
Darren Woods
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Hi I checked previous comments, updates, and the Apple Store, but couldn't find the app. What name should I be looking for? Thanks in advance, Darren
HOhmBody
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@John Great question! The answer is unfortunately, not quite so great: "soon" To make a long story short, the PCBs have just come back from the fab and are ready to be assembled. The microcontrollers are programmed and on hand and all the parts are ready to complete assembly. All in all, I'm estimating (conservatively) that there are a total of about 80-100 man-hours between now and the last Kickstarter Flickerstrip leaving the factory. Unfortunately that will likely put the ship date no sooner than the second week of December and that's a bit of an optimistic guess because I don't have a good sense for how long the remaining steps will take to get in motion at the factory. One unfortunate delay that we expect to experience is with the backers who requested either the developer kit or a WS2812 adapter add-on to their pledge. I don't know exactly how long of a delay to expect with these, but it could easily push the shipment of these kits back to the latter half of December. Some good news, however.. the app is officially live in the iOS app store. (Android coming soon) I'll post an update early next week covering some of this in more detail and hopefully with a bit more certainty after having checked in with the factory.
John Schomisch
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When are these looking to be shipped out?
HOhmBody
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@Dan Ah, yes. If you're injecting power, you'll have no trouble at all. I'll make sure that you can run your 520 pixels on the default firmware!
Dan Morlan
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I have a split power system using 4 48v-5v buck converters and a 240w 48v power supply driving them. Where there are splits in the strips I will continue the data connection but inject powere using the 48v-5v buck converters.
HOhmBody
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@Dan My current plan is to implement a default pixel maximum of about 450. That said, I'd like to implement a "void your warranty" setting that will let you increase the maximum. I need to do some more testing to figure out exactly what I'll set the defaults to and how to override them, but I do want to make sure that long strips are possible with a note about uncertain performance at that length. Ultimately what will probably happen is that longer strips will need beefier power supplies.
Dan Morlan
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Have there been any updates to the pixel maximum? My longest strip will be just over 520 pixels (with the other two being around 400/300 pixels each). Hoping I can run that single 520 pixel line on one flickrstrip.
HOhmBody
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@Levy Hmm, that's strange.. I'm going to give it a few hours to fix itself. Seems like Shopify is down for some reason. If it's not up by tomorrow, I'll investigate!
Levy Rivers
Review from Kickstarter
I've tried reaching the Flicker Store - but was unable- got the feedback "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN" what's up?
Dan Rothstein
Review from Kickstarter
Cool! Great to hear!
HOhmBody
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@Dan As always, thanks for the reminder! Just posted an update for you. The TL;DR is that there's not too much more news on manufacturing, though we're hoping to receive the last pieces very soon and the mobile app is coming along quickly now that I've been able to dedicate most of the last two months to it.
Dan Rothstein
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator - any news?
Dan Rothstein
Review from Kickstarter
I would be willing to be a beta tester.
Levy Rivers
Review from Kickstarter
Never forget.... I've got my eyes on...
HOhmBody
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@ Nick Martin: Sorry for the radio silence, I've been in the backpacking in the Alaskan wilderness the last few days and will be traveling for the rest of the week, but I'll write an update on Monday. In short, things are right on track. Just got the first samples of the injection molded case and they fit perfectly. All the other parts are ready to go and I've been working hard on some major improvements for the app! Stay tuned and thanks for keeping me honest! ;) Julian
Nick Martin
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Please can we have an Update? - Long time no hear!? - Many Thanks!
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@Barrett Thank you for your comment. As far as I understand, the CE mark is not required for sales in Canada. (source: https://cemarking.net/do-your-products-need-ce-marking/) As far as the decision is concerned, getting flickerstrip FCC tested costs a total of about $2,000. To upgrade to a full CE mark, we're estimating a cost of $6,000 which would ultimately account for about 25% of the total funds earned. While it wouldn't be impossible to make this allocation, it would greatly reduce our ability to mitigate any unforeseen issues that may crop up in the course of delivering all the rewards. Rest assured that we are well on track to deliver all rewards even a bit before our initially estimated delivery date of December. (though T-shirts and stickers may be slipping to the beginning of August.)
Barrett Dent
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Because Kickstarter hasn't fixed the bugs in their app I can't leave this comment on update #6. I'm glad I only backed the project for a dollar now to get updates. Because your decision not to get the CE mark yet would have been a problem for a Canadian backer like myself. Just a note, telling people you're short on funds doesn't inspire confidence. It was probably a detail best left out of your update. It implies things that are most likely not true. But implications can still hurt your project (true or not.) Your hardware is interesting. But your software has my full attention. Marketed and licensed properly it seems to have the potential to become the standard UI for LED strip programming.
Dan Rothstein
Review from Kickstarter
Thanks!
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@Dan I was just writing an update last night. I'm planning on posting it Monday but the TL;DR is that we've started getting some samples in and things are looking good. I've been taking time to work on the app/code again. The full update will go into more details!
Dan Rothstein
Review from Kickstarter
Any production updates? It's been about a month. Thanks!
Levy Rivers
Review from Kickstarter
Check this out - would be great if Flickerstrip worked in this context - https://www.stringify.com/
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@Darrell Oops, missed your other question. To pan, right click and drag.
Steve Bowcutt
Review from Kickstarter
Yeah the easiest way to edit (if you don't need real time feedback) is via Photoshop or the likes.
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@Darrell Unfortunately the current version doesn't have any copy and paste functionality. If you desperately need that functionality, I'd suggest exporting the pattern as an image file (there's a button in the top right corner) and then editing it using paint or some other graphics tool and then reimporting the pattern. You are correct. The actual lengths are 2m and 3m and 45, 90 pixels and as you say, those pattern widths will loop perfectly on those lengths.
Darrell Degner
Review from Kickstarter
I've been playing around a little on the Lightwork software in windows and had a few questions and comments,
Is there anyway to copy/paste blocks of pixels like you would on a spreadsheet?
IS there anyway to scroll left/right/up/down for larger projects without having to zoom in/out to get around?
I know you have posted that the strips are 10ft and 5ft long, but how many pixels is that? 30 pixel/m would equal 91.44, so I'm guessing 90 pixels and 45 pixels respectively.. I should be able to make patterns in 3, 5, 9 or 15 pixel repetitions for multiple strips in series or a loop, correct?
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@Farhan Jamaludin: That's about what they'll be, we haven't ironed out a final supplier for those power supplies yet.
Farhan Jamaludin
Review from Kickstarter
How long is the connecting power wire from the wall socket to the LED strip? I'm hoping it to be at least 4-5 feet long. :)
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@ Dan Morlan: Great, I think it should work just fine for you then. If you're injecting power, you'll probably have no problem running a longer strand. The wireless synchronization will obviously be an option too as you expand your lighting down the line.
Dan Morlan
Review from Kickstarter
I did order a few. Power supply wise, I already have that set up with a 24v, 30a main supply, along with injectors which will be placed along the way (24v-5v waterproof converters). As long as they can be synchronized, then all will be good.
HOhmBody
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@Dan That's the currently hard-coded limit. That may change, but if you're going to be driving 1000 pixels, I'd highly recommend getting a few controllers. Basically, I wouldn't try to power more than about 300-450 LEDs off a single power supply. Though the exact number depends on how bright you'll want them to be. Flickerstrip is designed to synchronize with other Flickerstrips over Wi-Fi. So even if you have multiple separate controllers, they can all behave as if they're one big LED strip through software.
Dan Morlan
Review from Kickstarter
Just noticed the comment about a 450 pixel limit. Is that for programming individual pixels? I have over 1k pixels total but the patterns are repeated (5 to 10 pixel wide patterns, repeated).
HOhmBody
Review from Kickstarter
@T.Lin Yes, it works exactly as you describe. You can load patterns up to it and then take it with you wherever you go and your patterns will still be there. You can switch between multiple loaded patterns using the button when you're on the go.