Day 1- RGB Thing. Bit like Ambilight.
Philips have this technology called ambilight. that basically lights the rear of the tv, supposedly enhancing the effect of Movies etc.. Well I thought as I have the arduino, id give it a go..
Stage one.. I found a program (Sketch) and design for a RGB moodlight in the book that accompanies the starter kit. It uses PWM (Pulse width modulation) to light 3 LEDS at varying brightness (IE RGB Values).
That worked just fine…
Stage 2: Again on the starter kit there is an application to accept serial RGB values.. This works from the serial monitor in the Arduino app.. Input R255,G255,255 gives a theoretical white light..
Right now part 3..
I found some VB code that outputs the RGB value at the cursor point to RGB values. That worked also
Finally, I used the serial control to send to the device.. Very rough. I am NOT a developer. But it worked..
Now i have my theoretical ambilight. Im going to experiment with positions of my mouse to see which ones offer the best effect (Center/Top corner/Top Middle Etc.. Ill keep you posted.
Not bad for a couple of hours messing about..
Hah World of warcraft.. Not sure if you can see the LEDs the same color as my enchants 🙂