ANAVI Miracle Controller WiFi Board Drives Addressable LED strips (Crowdfunding)

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Last year, we wrote a tutorial showing how to control an RGB LED strip Control ANAVI Light ESP8266 controller. The board only works with standard non-addressable 12V LED strips however, and Leon ANAVI received requests to support 5V and 12V addressable LED strips such as NeoPixels, WS2811, WS2812, or TM1804.

So he updated ANAVI Light Controller design and has now launched a new open-source hardware certified board based on ESP8266 WiFi chip: ANAVI Miracle Controller.

ANAVI Miracle Controller

ANAVI Miracle Controller specifications:

  • MCU – Espressif Systems ESP8266 Tensilica L106 32-bit processor
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 4 802.11 b/g/n
  • LED Strips Support – Up to two 5V or 12 V addressable LED strips; Supported models include WS2812, WS2812B, WS2811, TM1804, etc. (LED strip chipsets supported by the FastLED library)
  • Expansion
    • 4x I2C header for mini OLED display, sensors, and others
    • 4-pin “GPIO” header with 1x GPIO, GND, 3.3V, and 5V signals
  • Misc – Reset button, UART header for debugging
  • Power Supply – 12V via DC jack
  • Dimensions – 75 x 40 mm
  • Open Source Certification – Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) #BG000050

ESP8266 Board Addressable LED Strips

The board can be programmed with the Arduino IDE or PlatformIO, and supports Home Assistant, OpenHAB 2, and MQTT protocol. You’ll find the KiCAD hardware design files on Github, as well as a sample Arduino sketch, and soon a getting started guide should be published in Anavi-Docs repository.

As usual for ANAVI boards, Miracle Controller has just been launched on Crowd Supply.  Rewards start at $25 for the board only, but most people will likely prefer going with a kit that comes with LED strips and other accessories. The Starter Kit includes the board itself, two LED strips and a USB to UART debug board for $39. Other kits add an OLED display, and acrylic sensor and various sensors. Shipping is free to the US and adds $12 to $20 to the rest of the world. Delivery is expected to start at the end of March 2020.

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