HowTo: pxlBlck – Configure watch faces and screensavers

The adjustable dials differ from the type of LED matrix used. Unfortunately, this is the case because different LED-matrix sizes allow or do not allow different dials and screensavers.

In order to give you a small overview of which dials are possible with which matrix, here is an idea of the adjustable dials and the information under which LED matrix types they are available.


Blank

All LEDs of the LED matrix light up in the set color. Animations, icons and scrolling texts are displayed on request. The display can also be deactivated by setting the color to black. You can also find information in the following articles.

Type: screensaver

Options

  • Maximum brightness adjustable
  • Color adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • any platform

Example


runningClock

The time is displayed as scrolling text every time the minute changes.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Text and background color adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_8x8
  • pxlBlck_10x10
  • pxlBlck_Carousel (16×8)
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_32x8
  • pxlBlckCassette (uses a 12×8 Matrix)

Example


HrNum&MntPoints

The hour is shown as a number. Minute as a proportional number of activated background pixels. The colors for hours, minutes and background are adjustable.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_8x8
  • pxlBlck_10x10
  • pxlBlck_wordClock
  • pxlBlck_Cassette
  • pxlBlck_16x8
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_24x8
  • pxlBlck_32x8
  • pxlBlck_pipeLamp

Example


RandPxls

This screen saver lets a random pixel on the LED matrix shine with a random color. Each pixel is slowly faded in.

Type: screensaver

Options

  • Maximum brightness adjustable
  • Background color adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • any platform

Example


WndrngPxl

This screen saver shows a pixel that moves along the outer frame of the set LED matrix. The pixel and background color is adjustable.

Type: screensaver

Options

  • Maximum brightness adjustable
  • Adjustable pixel color
  • Background color adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_8x8
  • pxlBlck_10x10
  • pxlBlck_Cassette
  • pxlBlck_16x8
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_24x8
  • pxlBlck_32x8
  • pxlBlck_pipeLamp
  • pxlBlck_miniFloorLamp
  • pxlBlck_CassetteLamp

Example


TvSmltr

This screen saver fills the entire LED matrix with the usual color sequence of a running television. This mode can be used to simulate the presence of an apparently running television.

Type: screensaver

Options

  • No setting options available

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • Each platform but works best on “compact” LED matrices

fiboClock

Displays the time using the Fibonacci sequence on a special LED matrix. You can find information about this in the following article Fibonacci Clock – An Unusual Time Indicator

Type: clock face

Options

  • The colors of the hours, minutes, shared and hidden areas can be set
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

Example


horizNmbrs

Displays the time in the familiar format using digits side by side. The colors of the hour digits, minute digits and the background are adjustable. The digits on this dial are seven pixels high and thus slightly larger than on the “horizMiniNmbrs” dial.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set.
  • Maximum brightness adjustable
  • The colons between the minutes and hours are only displayed if the display width is> 24 pixels

Available for the following pxlBlck-Plattformen

  • pxlBlck_24x8
  • pxlBlck_32x8

Example


horizMiniNmbrs

Displays the time in the familiar format using digits side by side. The colors of the hour digits, minute digits and the background can be set.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set.
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_wordClock
  • pxlBlck_16x8
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_24x8
  • pxlBlck_32x8
  • pxlBlck_pipeLamp

Example


vertMiniNmbrs

The time is displayed with the same digits as in “horizMiniNmbrs” mode. The only difference is that the digits are stacked and not next to each other. The display is centered on the LED matrix.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_10x10
  • pxlBlck_wordClock
  • pxlBlck_16x8
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_pipeLamp

Example


wordClock

With this dial, the time is displayed according to the usual word clock principle with illuminated or non-illuminated letters. A special 11×11 LED matrix is required for this. the first four physical pixels are used as minute dots.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set
  • “It is” can be activated / deactivated
  • “Clock” can be activated / deactivated
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_Wordclock (uses a special 11×11 LED-Matrix)

Ring

The time is displayed like a pointer watch. The pointers are pixels of an LED strip that are illuminated in different colors.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and seconds color adjustable
  • Color of the hour markers adjustable
  • Direction of rotation of the pointer reversible
  • Offset adjustable to be able to shift the zero point on the 1×60 LED matrix
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

Example


digitClock

This dial can display the time on a special matrix in seven-segment form. Information will follow soon.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes, minute dots and background colors can be set
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_digitClock

Example


diagMiniNmbrs

This dial shows the time with the “vertMiniNmbrs” and “horizMiniNmbrs” dials. However, the hour digit is shown in the upper left corner and the minute digit in the lower right corner.

Type: clock face

Options

  • Hours, minutes and background colors can be set
  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • pxlBlck_10x10
  • pxlBlck_16x8
  • pxlBlck_16x16
  • pxlBlck_24x8
  • pxlBlck_32x8

Example


cmpFire

This screen simulates the flickering of a flame on the LED matrix of the pxlBlck.

Type: screensaver

Options

  • Maximum brightness adjustable

Available for the following pxlBlck platforms

  • however, any platform works best on LED matrices with a height and width of eight or more

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

Fab

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