Details

RocketLife Light is a tightly integrated system of hardware, software, and a mobile app

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The Hardware

LightBox & LightBoard Mini

The big difference between Light and general-purpose hardware is that the entire Light system (hardware, software, and mobile app) is designed for animating LEDs. The Light hardware is based on the Nordic nRF52832, a 32-bit ARM processor with integrated BLE. We include level-shifting on multiple ports, a precision real-time clock and calendar, and (on LightBox), a 2000mAh Li-Po battery for mobile applications. 

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The hardware itself is designed for expansion. It includes 3.3 and 5V power ports and extensive I/O for digital, analog, and serial connections to sensors, actuators, and other systems such as ESPy, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi.

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What makes Light especially powerful for animating LEDs is the included software, LightDesigner, which provides both powerful effect creation and easy WYSIWYG layout. Light supports up to 21 simultaneous animation streams. The system is so fast, you can see your LEDs react in real time over Bluetooth as you scrub the timeline.

The Software

LightDesigner Layout & Effects Editor (Mac/Win)

Lighting is visual, so we created a completely visual approach to designing it. Simply load a photo of your project into LightDesigner, draw virtual LEDs on top, and drag effects to the timeline. Hit Play and see your animations play onscreen and on your actual LEDs at the same time. Double-click any effect to see its inner workings. 

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Edit colors, durations, modulations, randomness, and more. Create up to seven groups of LEDs to highlight specific areas of your projects; each group gets its own track on the timeline. Add up to four layers per track for sophisticated crossfades, sparkles, and gleams. You can even trigger effects from external sensors and the built-in clock.

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Every event on the timeline can also support external I/O calls. The Halloween installation in our project gallery uses a motion sensor to trigger the lightning flash and thunder sound.

The Mobile App

LightMobile Wireless Command (iOS/Android)

Your projects aren’t always next to your computer, so we built dependable, responsive wireless communication into Light from the start. A near-field communication antenna (NFC) lets you connect your phone to your LightBox or LightBoard Mini simply by moving it nearby. (See video above.) Reliable Bluetooth BLE lets you change programs instantly, adjust brightness, update firmware, check battery level, schedule events, and even view a graph of connected sensors.

Hardware Comparison

  LightBox LightBoard Mini
  LightBox
Do It All
LightBoard Mini
Do It Small
Suggested Retail Price $99 $35
Up to 21 Simultaneous Animation Streams
Create 7 groups with up to 4 layers each for crossfades, sparkles, and positional effects.
Li-Po Rechargeable Battery (2000mAh)  
Charge Level Indicator (via Bluetooth)  
Micro USB Charging Port
Battery also charges via DC input and externally powered LEDs.
 
Automatic Power Source Switching
Power via internal battery, DC barrel input, or LED strip.
 
Supports 5v LEDs 
Supports 12v LEDs
(External 12v power required)
 
3.3v Aux Power Shutoff
Turns off peripherals to save battery life. (Unswitched port available too.)
 
Low-Power Mode
Cuts power to LED strip when LEDs are turned off, saving battery life.
Real-Time Clock
Schedule programs by the minute and day; battery-backed version retains settings.
battery-backed requires external power
     

I/O (see pinout)

   
LightSocket 16-pin Connector
Easy hookup of LEDs and sensors
 
5v Clock and Data Ports for LEDs
Serial Peripheral Support
Connect sound boards (DFPlayer, Grove MP3), Arduino, etc.
General Purpose I/O (GPIO) Ports
Connect sensors, actuators, 3.3v trigger inputs (analog & digital).
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Near-Field Communication (NFC)
Connect to Light hardware by waving your phone next to it.
Supports Numerous Addressable LED Layouts
Strip, string, circle, matrix, and more
LED Protocol Support APA, APA 8192, SK, WS APA, APA 8192, SK, WS
Indicator LED
APA 8192 HDR
 
     

Physical

   
Size in Inches (L W H) 3.6 x 1.7 x 1.1 1.6 x 0.8 x 0.1
Mounting Holes on Circuit Board ✔¬†
Enclosure
Maker-friendly: Unscrew to access the electronics.
 
Weight 2.9 oz 0.2 oz
Pinout Diagram View View
     

Software

   
LightDesigner Desktop (Mac/Win)
LightMobile (iOS/Android)
Wireless Firmware Updating
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