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Lumioto is an easy-to-use, open source LED prototyping tool

Lumioto makes it easy to add expressive, professional LED effects to prototypes, design models and videos.

It seems like these days, just about every product on the market contains at least one LED. The same goes for DIY projects. Sure, LED designs are great. However, if you’ve ever tried to configure them, you know just how tricky it can get. Even the earliest steps like controlling brightness and choosing colors can present a few unexpected challenges, not to mention adding animation only seems to make matters worse. Cognizant of the limited number of tools available, SCALAR Electronics has developed Lumioto, a quick and simple way to go about the LED creation process.


Based on an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), Lumioto gives users the ability to make fine modifications on up to three independent RGB LEDs, including toggling their brightness, color and pattern. The open source tool is equipped with an intuitive hue-saturation-lightness (HSL) on-board color picker, along with 14 different built-in animations with adjustable speed, intensity and relative timing. This way, designers and Makers alike can easily add LED effects to prototypes, models and a wide range of other projects.


What’s more, users can experiment with 24-bit digital color and brightness by plugging into any USB port. If that port happens to be on a computer, they can configure more advanced settings using Lumioto Terminal, ranging from turning LEDs on/off and getting readouts to adjusting settings and accessing flexible LED animations. Whether for professional or amateur use, the possibilities are truly endless. Given that it’s Arduino-compatible, Makers can even hack its code and add their own new features and functions.


Other notable specs include:

  • Full set of three 36″ Lumioto LED cables included (2X inline, 1X angled)
  • High brightness: Up to 3000mcd per LED (1200mcd with white-balancing enabled)
  • Hex color reference and digital brightness readouts
  • Detachable LED cables for easy modification, permanent LED integration, or multiple simultaneous projects
  • All settings saved automatically for convenience and mobility
  • Identical Mac and Windows support; no drivers required
  • USB-powered
  • Open source firmware
  • Completely free firmware development toolchain (Atmel Studio + AVRdude, Windows-only)
  • Entire Arduino port D0-D7 accessible for hardware expansion
  • ~50% CPU, RAM, FLASH utilization


“Don’t know Arduino? That’s okay. With the Designer Kit, you don’t need to be into electronics to use Lumioto. It’s the same as the Maker kit, except it comes with an Arduino preprogrammed with the freshest Lumioto firmware. It’s ready for action right out of the box, down to the included USB cable,” its team writes.

Interested in adding professional LED effects to your next design? Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Lumioto is now selling both on Tindie and its official site for $89.00.

12 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This three-in-one 3D printer, CNC mill and laser engraver will bring an entire Makerspace to your desktop. Brothers Justin and Joel Johnson are currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This pocket-sized drone is equipped with an HD aerial photo that allows you to capture videos and photos from the sky. ElecFreaks is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.



This wall-adorned lamp hopes to redefine your relationship with artificial light by bringing the sun inside. Lumilabs is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.

Project Ryptide


This drone attachment that can deliver an automatically inflating life-ring to a swimmer in distress in a matter of seconds. Led by Bill Piedra, the team of Connecticut high school students are currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This building block-style keyboard allows you to fully customize your keyboard layouts from scratch. The BreadBoardManic crew is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.

Electric Eel Wheel


This electric spinning wheel is capable of taking fiber and twisting it into yarn. Maurice Ribble is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This professional motor controller is ideal for CNC machine, 3D printers, racing simulators and robotics. Granite Devices is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.



This Arduino-powered prototyping tool lets you easily add expressive LED effects to your designs. SCALAR Electronics is currently seeking $2,5000 on Kickstarter.



This smart shoe system uses motion sensors and LEDs to enable new forms of audio-visual expression. No new folk studio is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Disco Dog


This smartphone-controlled LED dog vest displays a variety of animated patterns and custom scrolling text in thousands of colors. PARTY NYC is currently seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.



This 1-cubic-inch keyring is designed to function as numerous accessories for your smartphone, ranging from an emergency charger to a storage solution to an LED torch. Mutants DesignLab is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This plug-and-play computer vision add-on brings endless application potential to drones. Percepto is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.