Open Lighting Architecture: Blinky Lights!

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B204


Target audience will anyone with a interest into doing atypical stuff with SoC platforms including professional and hobbyist level implementations. Even if it's a simple XMAS light display, complex LED panel setup, or even driving consumer products like Hue lights.


This talk will touch on what Open Source software exists for controlling complex lighting shows, and what DMX512 is and how it has has evolved into various networking standards. How low cost embedded platforms can bring a previously thousands of dollars project to under a few hundred. Main focus will be on the Open Lighting Architecture project which is a suite of protocol and hardware interfaces to lighting equipment which including open implemenations of very closed protocols. Speaker will go into detail on how light sequence gets generated, shipped to the various interfaces (e.g. USB, Zigbee, ethernet), and translated to a bitstream. Beaglebone’s PRU will be displayed driving an string of WS2801 LEDS, and short video of WS281x LED panels being driven using the OLA suite.


dmx, lighting, microcontrollers, coding

Speaking experience

Spoken at Embedded Linux Conference both 2013 and upcoming in May 2014.
Also the European Embedded Linux Conference both in 2012 and 2013.