WS2812B vs WS2822S Pixels for Blinky Tile and the necessity of address programming
Blinkey Tiles use the WS2822S
[Programming tool here] (https://github.com/Blinkinlabs/WS282x_Programmer/blob/master/DmxSimpleMod.cpp)
[Specification/Datasheet here] (http://akizukidenshi.com/download/ds/worldsemi/WS2822S.pdf) )
These have DMX addresses programmed into the chip. Does anyone know:
- How long these chips have been around?
- How long they can be expect to be continued in manufacture? (VERY LITTLE about these pixels are out there)
- If they MUST be permanently programmed with an address before use?
- If the DMX address programming is changeable at some point? Can it be done "In Place" or must it be isolated? How many times can It be reprogrammed?
- If the Lightbuddy LED controller dies, can I get just one of those?
- Is there something else I could use in its place?
- Some of the write-ups say you COULD use Neopixels (Are these the exact same as WS2812B ?) instead of WS2822's/. What is the downside of using WS2812B's instead of WS2822S's?
- Where is the address programmer's specification for WS2822S?
- Are the Blinkey Tile 2822S's compatible with the same driver as the Blinkey Tape Control Board? What is interchangeable, if anything?
Wish I could get these questions answered in an FAQ!