About this project
What is AmbliLED HD?
AmbiLED HD is the first high resolution ambient light conversation kit for computer monitors.
We started out designing it as just an open source fun project, but after our prototype generated a large amount of interest,we have decided to offer this as a commercial product.
Common commercial and DIY ambient light systems use 3-30 LEDs around the display. This is because every individual RGB LED requires 3 pins to control the colours. This means a lot of cables and connectors between LEDs and controller.
Thanks to new generation individually addressable WS2812B 16 million colours RGB LEDs, there is no longer a need for complex cabling and connections. Here is the back of our test monitor that you can see on the Kickstarter video. We applied a 290cm long strip with 172 LEDs. There is no cabling or construction behind the monitor.
AmbiLED HD can control up to 512 LEDs(8.5 meters) with just a 3 pin connection, and works as a single self-adhesive LED strip without any extra cabling. Just attach the strip to the back of your display, plug the 3 pin connector into the AmbiLED HD controller, supply the controller with AC adapter (included) and connect it to USB port of your PC.
That's all you need to enjoy AmbiLED HD.
How does it work?
The human eye has a very limited area of approximately 6° where objects appear clear and sharp, but our visual field is 120° wide. When you are watching a movie or playing a game you can only clearly see the spot your eyes are focused on, but you can sense the whole 120° area, including frame and background.
AmbiLED HD paints the background with the nearest colour and improves your visual experience. It also reduces your pupil size with extra light, and protects your eyes in the darkness.
It can be startling at first when you see a part of lightsaber or a blast effect beyond the boundaries of the screen.
If a car crosses the display fast enough, you will find yourself trying to follow it on the wall. After learns and adjusts to the screen limits, and you simply become immersed in the experience.
How can I install?
Installation of AmbiLED HD is very simple and takes only 3-5 minutes depending on your screen size. The self-adhesive RGB LED strip is only 12mm wide, and is flexible and bendable. You can stick it to the sides of your monitor and bend it on the edges easily. The adhesive material on the strip is good quality and reusable. You can remove it and transfer the strip to another monitor.
There is no need to cut any unused part of the strip. Our AmbiLED HD driver software comes with a simple setup menu. Just count your LEDs that are used for your setup, and adjust the settings accordingly. It will disable any unused LEDs automatically.
For the videos, we used a 37" Samsung LCD TV. The perimeter of this display was 290cm, and LED count was 172. After we entered this number into the AmbiLED software, it disabled the last 10cm of LED strip.
You can simply bend this 10cm section to the back of your display, so that you can use it with a larger monitor in the future, or cut the excess off with a scissor.
- Open Source Hardware, Firmware & Software
- Windows,Linux & Mac compatible Arduino based hardware design
- Flexible & Bendable 12mm wide self adhesive RGB LED Strip
- 14W/m powerful RGB LEDs (only 3W/m enough for AmbiLED HD)
- 5V 3000mA wall adapter (capable of supplying up to 5 meters of LED strip)
- UK,EU or US wall adapter plugs depending on your location.
- 3 meters flat USB Micro cable
AmbiLED HD orginally designed for Windows and using own software under Windows platform.
Driver Software Features
- Windows compatible easy to use driver software
- Sleep Mode Function
- Borderless Window Configurator(Pseudo Full Screen) for games.
- User configurable light level.
- Microsoft C# + DirectX based software design
- Capturing images directly from front buffer*
- Works with all Windows applications except full screen games*.
(*)Capturing from back buffer is the ban reason for most of game companies. This is why we aren't supporting back buffer capturing for full screen games. You can use our Pseudo Full Screen feature to fix the game window dimensions under window mode.
AmbiLED HD Driver menu on tray bar(above)
LED strip setting window(below)
AmbiLED HD hardware is compatible with Boblight. We tested it under Ubuntu and working very well. We will share a detailed setup document on our product page for Linux users.
on Raspberry Pi
AmbiLED HD tested and working under RaspBMC + Hyperion without any problem.
Unfortunately, We aren't suggesting for OpenELEC + Boblight users because of high CPU usage.
on OS X
Unfortunately, OS X support isn't our priority because of some system problems. AmbiLED HD is an open-source project and hardware communication side is very simple. All OS X developers are welcome.
Who We are?
We founded Inovatek Electronics Ltd. together and we have been designing electronic devices for the last 6 years for hobbyist, medical and security markets. Our main brand name is Flytron and you can visit our web page for our other designs (www.flytron.com)
We are continuously working on new projects. This is a way of living for us and we’ve already proved ourselves in terms of building a successful business. While I (Melih) am busy writing here, Bora is working on connecting the solar panels of his house to Raspberry Pi to measure and record the harvested solar energy. Yes, it is geeky, but we enjoy it.
Melih Karakelle - Design & Software Development
Melih has spent more than 20 years doing electronic product design and software development. Melih's current day job is Designer at Inovatek Electronics. Melih spends most of his spare time with his daughter, and playing World of Tanks after she goes to bed.
Bora Acar - Manufacturing & Sales
Bora has spent more than 20 years in IT business and DIY projects. Bora's current day job is Production&Sales Director at Inovatek Electronics. Bora spends most of his spare time with his models, solar panels and Raspberry Pi. He is also a World of Tanks player.
The Cost & Action Plan
Unlike most Kickstarter projects, we are already experienced electronic manufacturers. We have the equipment, supply chain and connections to design and manufacture this kind of device.
All design and software development will be done in-house without extra cost, aside from our time and effort. This is why our goal is so low and does not include tooling and business start-up costs.
We plan to manufacture 500 units of the AmbiLED HD with this fund. We will offer new features if we can reach 200% or more of the initial goal.
We started this project for fun and manufacturing a prototype was easy. Most of the parts came from our company trash, and we bought only a few additional components.
But mass production is a different issue. Rather than using spare parts we have in our workshop, the Kickstarter funding will enable us to order hundreds or thousands of units of each component for the right price.
This has been a fun project, but we need your support to realize AmbiLED HD as a commercial product.
We plan to finish production in 60 days. All design work is complete. Once we have the Kickstarter funds, orders will be placed so that backers will have their rewards in just a few weeks.
AmbiLED HD kit includes;
- 3 meters LED Strip that enough up to 40" monitors (*extendable)
- AmbiLED HD Controller box **
- 5V 3000mA power supply (110-240v) ***
- USB Cable
* If you need longer LED Strip than 300cm, you can buy it from our web site after the Kickstarter campaign or by simply adding extra £1 to your pledge amount for every 10cm extra strip.
For example, add extra £5 for 50cm longer strip.
** AmbiLED HD hardware supports maximum 8.5 meters LED strip length.
*** An additional 5V power supply may require for longer than 5 meters LED strips.
Time to Stretch Goals!
We're funded !! Thank you very much for all your support. Now it is time to stretch goals.
Ambient Light Sensor - £45,000(Reached!)
We'll add an ambient light sensor in the controller circuit.The sensor will measure the light conditions in the room and change the LED strip light level automatically. It will be optional mode in the driver software.
Ambient Light + Color Sensor - £60,000(Almost Reached!)
We'll add a RGB color sensor in the controller circuit. This sensor can measure the full visible spectrum light levels and helps you to calibrate your monitor or correct the LED strip colors under colored room lights.
Risks and challenges
We have been working on AmbiLED HD for the last three months. Suppliers we will use are companies that we’ve been working for years and all design work is complete. Once we have the Kickstarter funds, orders will be placed so that backers will have their rewards in just a few weeks. If delays occur, we will keep backers updated to let them know when they will receive the AmbiLED HD, and give explanations for the delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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