I have been working on a “shader” based UI to create user functions for led strip control. This can control any mapping of leds, zo also panels, disks or custom shapes. There are 2 components to it:
First is a mapping file, which maps led index to x,y,z coordinates as well as optional u,v,w coordinates. The latter are useful for example for disks, where u and v can be polar coordinates.
The second is a shader, which is a function that is called for every led and receives the coordinates, as well as the led index and current time.
I created a rudimentary micropython implementation to be able to run it, which works reasonably well. However, it is not nearly as feature complete as wled. Also, I am not experienced enough to create an implementation in C. The problem is getting user code to upload to the device and run it. I have not found a way to do this in C, hence the micropython approach.
The benefits of this approach are
- user defined effects
- composable shaders
- effects based on coordinates
- possible syncronisation of multiple strips in world coordinated for room-wide effects
So some questions are:
- could this be integrated into wled?
- what code should be generated (json / c / some binary data)?
- do you have other ideas that may be useful here?