There are a couple ways you can go on this project, build everything from scratch or leverage a kit version. I'll cover both methods in this Instructable.

Step 1: Getting the Materials


  • 4 sets of 32x32 RGB LED Matrix panels (Dimensions 7.5" x 7.5") or 2 64x32's, supported panels here
  • PIXEL Maker's Kit (a custom IOIO board for LED panels)
  • 5V power, rated at 20A minimum, an old PC ATX power supply is one option
  • 3 16.5" x 16.5" acrylic sheets (I got mine from my local Tap Plastics shop)
  • 4 5/8" hex stand-offs with 2 screws for each end
  • 32 4-40 5/16" panhead screws
  • Android, PC, Mac, and Raspberry Apps to set the content (free)
  • See http://ledpixelart.com for more information about this project

The panels used in this project are originally meant for large-scale building and scoreboard LED displays. You'll find several kinds out there from Adafruit, Sparkfun, Ali Express, etc. Unfortunately while they make look the same, there does not seem to be any standard for LED matrix panels and each manufacturer can use a different chipset causing them to behave differently. So be sure and only use the verified and tested LED panels listed here.

A special thanks to Ytai Ben-Tsvi, creator of the IOIO board, for all his invaluable help on this project.

<p>Is it not possible to amplitude modulate each individual LED? Obviously a much better display would be possible if so.</p>
<p>hello. great project. I would like to know if it is possible to downsize to 1 led square (1x1). Thanks.</p>
Yep, the software supports 1 , 2 , or 4 LED panels.
<p>Nice display. It would be cool to havefhor of those and put them togethr and make it 4x larger.</p>
<p>one thing I want to do it 737,280 RBG LED display. 1024x720 Make it be to play TV or blu-ray/dvds</p>
<p>that would be cool for sure, this particular projects supports a max of 64x64 or 4096 LEDs, something like this http://www.adafruit.com/products/1453 would be along the lines you're looking for. </p>
I love it! Also is that a pic of Hellsing?
<p>Wow, amazing... Such a beautiful way of displaying retro art :)</p><p>Got to make one (after payday lol)</p>
<p>Brilliant :)</p>
<p>Absolutely amazing! </p>

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