New PCB with new font

March 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm 3 comments

Two bits of news:
Firstly the new PCB has been fully wired up and works a treat. What remains to be done is the enclosure.

Secondly the firmware has been updated so that the BlipBox can now be loaded with any BDF font. As long as it fits on the screen, of course.
I’ve added a perl script to the code base that converts a BDF file into a C struct suitable for pixmap glyphs ( There’s also a script that does a decent job of converting BDF to GNU Unifont format ( Both are available from CVS in the tools directory.

You can see the new board and the new font capabilities in this short video:

The glyphs are from a 6×9 open source font from X11:


Entry filed under: BlipBox, News and Updates.

PCB’s have arrived! Monome emulation

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kai  |  April 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    awesome. I’d like one, please.

    actually, I’d like four, so I can display Chinese characters

    • 2. marser  |  April 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm

      I’ve been looking at the possibility of building a 16×20 device, which should fit at least one Hanzi character quite comfortably.

      It would take 8 LED units instead of the current two, and a 9″ wide screen touch screen compared to 5.4″ regular ratio. And then you need a bit more chip power to make it all work.

      It would end up quite a bit more expensive – still a lot less than a 16×16 monome.

      Let’s get the 8×10 kits done first though!

      • 3. marser  |  April 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

        Oops, wrong measurements.

        A 16×20 device built with the same matrix would measure about 227 by 182mm, and fit with a 12.4″ regular ratio touch screen.

        You could otherwise build a 16×10 device that would fit the 9″ wide screen.

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