Using these lights, any light on the string can be any color at any time. Unlike older animated lights that require multiple controller channels and AC relays to blink a whole string of lights, hundreds of these programmable LEDs can be digitally controlled by a single pin of a low-cost microcontroller. And with full control over both color and brightness, smooth fades and subtle glows can be added to the frantic on/off blinks normally associated with Christmas light shows.
Strips of these LEDs are readily available, but they don’t look like Christmas lights. The programmable Christmas bulbs he could find required him to buy an expensive controller and software. As an electrical engineer, Jarrod was comfortable with RGB pixel string wiring diagrams and the DMX512 protocol, but the complexity presents a barrier to entry for most people. He wanted to provide something simpler and more affordable that could be controlled with an easy-to-use app on a Smart phone. Jarrod started designing the hardware for Dancing LEDs and recruited Brady to help with the software. They both tapped into their network of talented hardware, software and mechanical engineers to develop Dancing LEDs.