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Amazing 16x16x16 RGB LED cube

There are lots of LED cubes around. But most of them use fewer LEDs like 8x8x8 or are one color LED-based. But 16x16x16 RGB LED cube is worth looking at. This means 4096 – total number of RGB LEDs. Make that triple, and you get 12288 LEDs to control. Using such an amount of LEDs requires some design thoughts, a power supply, and control circuitry. The cube is split into 16 16×16 LED grids where everyone is controlled by separate Arduino Mega2560. Each Arduino communicates with the other using the RS485 serial protocol.

Allsparkcube (this is how it’s called) hardware is done, but the software is still in development. There is the ability to play with single pixels and different timing settings for simple animations. There is also an API that connects to LED cube and a few fun code pieces that allow interaction with it using a game controller or video cameras. Unimaginable wire soldering job indeed.

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