Addressable LED strips have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Standard off-the-shelf controllers present a variety of options for light patterns, but aren’t easily customizable. Setting up an Arduino or other microcontroller board for LED control allows for a broad variety of uses. However, this can be be tedious to implement, and may produce a result that looks perpetually unfinished.
Glo Rev 2 — now crowdfunding on Kickstarter — presents another option as a capable and polished lighting controller that’s built for customization. The device features an ESP8266 microcontroller inside, providing WiFi communication and app control. GPIO pins are broken out on the side of Glo’s case, allowing for any number of uses. A plant water monitor is shown as one example, along with an LED-enabled golf ball balancer, but you’re only limited by your imagination.
Glo comes in to formats, the Glo Pixel and Glo Spark. The Pixel is set up to control addressable LED strips, such as those based on WS2812B LEDs. The Spark drives non-addressable four-wire strips that show one color at a time. Glo employs screw terminal connectors to securely attach wires from the strips, and in addition to WiFi control, a mode button is available to let you cycle through different settings manually.
Reward level pledges for the Glo Rev 2 start at $18, and if you’re wondering about the original Glo device, we also covered it here several months ago.