Technical Stuff

Installables: Long-awaited Version 1.3(.1) released 9/3/2015

Windows: BriteBlox Setup 1.3.msi – Installer (Version “1.3” with 1.3.1 enhancements)
Mac OSX (x64, 10.6+): BriteBlox PC Tools 1.3.dmg – Installer (Version “1.3” with 1.3.1 enhancements)
Linux (x64): BriteBloxPCTools_1.3.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz – Extract this into a directory of your choice (Version 1.3.1)
Linux (x86): BriteBloxPCTools_1.3-linux-i686.tar.gz – Extract this into a directory of your choice (Version “1.3” with 1.3.1 enhancements)

All the source code can be seen on our GitHub page


Windows 7 & 8, x64: – Unzip this folder, then connect the USB Communicator to your PC. When Windows claims it cannot find the drivers on the Internet, point it to this folder.
Mac OSX (x64, 10.6+): – Unzip the .kext file contained herein into /System/Library/Extensions/IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/. May require reboot to install completely.
Linux (x64): (Coming soon)

Guides and Manuals:

BriteBlox User Guide – Mid-level guide with detailed descriptions of most operations – Updated 9/17/15

BriteBlox Quick Start Guide – This Quick Start Guide should have you up and running in less than 10 minutes! – Updated 2/15/15

BriteBlox Hardware and Protocol Guide – For technically-skilled people looking to get intimately familiar with the BriteBlox hardware and the display protocol – Updated 9/16/15

Pictures of our products:

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We produced three runs of Displayboard prototypes for our own personal examination, and offered the first two of those as rewards to backers on Kickstarter.  The Gen 3 prototypes were fabricated after the Kickstarter funded, and the production run is almost identical to the Gen 3 run (except we added some easy-access pin pads on the back side).

Some neat features of our Displayboards:

– Ceramic Resonators for better clock speed allowing for faster scrolling.

– Wall/Mounting holes for attaching Displayboards permanently.

– Special auto-addressing scheme.


Displayboards use the Arduino Bootloader on ATMega168 chips which can drive up to 20mA per digital output = perfect for indoor-use LED Displays!


USB Communicator board layout

USB Communicator board layout

USB Communicator is a small Power + Programming + Control board for your Displayboards.  Use this to run your boards at speeds between 9600 – 500,000 bps.  Perfect for powering systems using 6 boards or less at full brightness; reduced brightness occurs with up to a maximum supported size of approximately 20 boards.  Can be used as a dual programmer to easily upload new sketches to Displayboards efficiently.  Exposes pads for all serial signals: TX, RX, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, DCD, and RI.


Bluetooth Communicator is just like the USB Communicator only Bluetooth and no Onboard Power capabilities.  Can be used with Battery or Wall POWAH.

Battery POWAH board layout

Battery POWAH board layout

Battery POWAH is a battery power attachment with a Li-ion battery which can be placed above the board.  Supports USB Passthrough while charging (or not charging).  Great for up to 10 Displayboards at full brightness.


Wall POWAH is a High Amperage Wall Power Supply that supports data passthrough, and can power up to 64 Displayboards at once (maximum size per control connection).


Unique to our system, you can also use all of the partner boards at once (onboard switches pick the power source). That allows your one standalone system to connect any way you want, to any computing platform.


Support for:

– Windows (BT + USB)

– MAC (BT + USB)

– Linux (BT + USB)

– Android (BT) *WIP*

– iOS (BT) *WIP*

– Netduino *heart* boards (BT + USB)

– Arduino *heart* boards (BT + USB)


Because we support LINUX, you can directly connect to any Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, PCDuino, PandaBoard, etc through BT, USB, or even GPIO PINS! (5v logic required).

Performance Metrics:

Battery POWAH performance graphs are offered below, featuring the observed run times for various configurations.  These configurations start with a full battery and are run until some sort of glitch is observed with the system that would indicate the battery has gotten too low.

Voltage Drop - 10 Displayboards + Wireless Comm

This graph shows the battery voltage and output voltage for ten Displayboards plus Wireless Communicator showing data at 115200 bps.

Battery Charge Cycle Time

This is the voltage level of the battery throughout the charge cycle.

Voltage Drop - 1 Displayboard

This graph shows the battery voltage and output voltage for one Displayboard powered on but sitting idle.