If you are staying tuned into the world of Sparkly stuff, Adafruit just released a new product called DotStar that is the successor to the NeoPixel. The TL;DR: they are SPI controlled (2-wire) instead of the asynchronous variable bit width (1-wire), and have a much faster refresh rate on the PWM controller. That combined with the fast serial protocol make them perfect for POV displays and smooth lighting for light painting projects!
It’s new new new… so I ordered a 60-pixel black strip to play with. Bunch of different types here:
I also ported the Adafruit DotStar Library for the Spark Core and Photon this morning (Update: all Particle devices are supported now). Made sure everything looked like it was working from my logic analyzer running on a Spark Core (as compared to Arduino UNO). It supports Hardware and Software SPI. NeoPixel examples should be compatible, just make sure to name your base Class object instance the same (i.e. “strip”).
This DotStar library is currently published and available in the Particle Libraries which can be used in the Web IDE. Log in and you should be able to see this. If not just search for “dotstar”.
That’s all… now let’s see your crazy awexome projects!