WS2801 Raspberry Pi Bridge

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The WS2801 Bridge for Raspberry Pi is a project developed by wizard23 and produced by overflo.

The metalab received a Rasperry Pi care package from adafruit and because we really dig blinky things we made a WS2801 controller for the Raspberry Pi.

Its a simple shield that you can attach to your Raspberry Pi that functions as a bridge from Raspberry Pi to control a wide variety of WS2801 based Ledstripes and Pixelmodules at different voltage levels.

You can make your things go blinky from python or C/C++ without the need of a separate microcontroller.

It uses the internal /dev/spi0.0 provided by the Linux Kernel to talk to the Bridgemodule.

And because this is awesome, we made a kit out of it that you can purchase for 10,- on the

TODO: more documentation


example code and schematics on Github

Kit on the


Raspberry Pi + Bridge
All Parts in the Kit
..with Ledstripe 32 leds/ meter
.. with pixels
..with flat pixels (12mm)
..with large dome pixels (12v, 5 cm)

TODO: Video