Progress Since Design Report

or a quick recap on my project, im creating a led matrix in a wooden housing. The led matrix should be able to accept a picture of hopefully a gif and display it. I want to be able to operate it remotely. The wooden housing is planned to be non-intrusive and would only act to support the matrix not take away from it. 

There is a list of things I need to do I need to acquire all of my materials, build the housing, build the matrix, code the matrix, and finally put it all together. For coding the matrix I need to find out a way to make it accept pictures and display them remotely. I would also like to look into putting a battery in it so it doesn’t always have to be plugged into the wall.  See the timeline below.

timeline made by me

As of right now, I have gotten a lot of the tasks done. I have acquired all my materials and finished the cad model. I have cut all the wood to the correct sizes and assembled the wooden housing. The led matrix has been assembled as well. Now I only have to worry about putting together the code to display a given image. 

The wood I bought was off of amazon. Its multifunction unfinished wood and it is a darker wood glued together. See the image below.

Multifunction Unfinished Wood, Wood for Crafts, Signs, Wall Decorations, Wall Arts, Storage Shelves, 16.5" x 5.9" x 0.59", Set of 3, Carbonized Black, Blank Wood Signs for Front Door. by onlytak on amazon

For the led matrix i worked with pat in the idea forge to get a general idea of what needed to be done. Lucky for me they sell kits for something similar, so i bought one of those and soldered it all together. I then put a diffuser in front of the matrix.


Going forward I need to code the way for me to upload pictures. After talking to pat and looking around GitHub I found someone’s code for something similar. I will reference a GitHub from Henner Zeller ( to make the code that I need. I plan to use a raspberry pi as the controller as it offers a program called RealVNC viewer that would allow me to operate the display remotely and it is generally pretty small.   

For powering it with a battery I think that charging a lithium battery with a 5V power supply would be sufficient. This however is an extra requirement that i have for myself.   

Im excited about how this project is going to look and look forward to having a working display.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Trent Bjorkman
    May 9, 2024 3:42 pm

    Hi Matt, I really like this design, do you know the specific type of video file you’ll need to use?

  • Trent Bjorkman
    May 9, 2024 3:40 pm

    Hi Matt, I really like this design, what electronics are you going to use?

  • Travis Mulford
    May 8, 2024 10:32 am

    Hello Matthew,
    I think this LED light matrix will turn out to be a very cool design. My question is what kind of designs are you planning to code into the matrix?


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