Most people tend to prefer to stick to one company as much as possible when building their systems, I know I am one of them. So it’s no surprise that Aqua Computer got a lot of requests for an LED controller over the years, and after years of development they have come up with their Farbwerk RGB LED controller, a very unique and awesome little device.
The name derives from the German words “Farbe” (colour) and “Werk” (factory/plant/work). Twelve channels in total can be used for up to four RGB strips or as individual channels. Each channel has a resolution of 13 bits (8192 individual steps), resulting in smooth color transitions even at low brightness settings.
The farbwerk is an autonomous device with an embedded microprocessor and can be operated without a PC. Four sensor inputs can be used with compatible temperature sensors to visualize temperatures as colors. For those creative users interested in electronics, the sensor inputs can also be used to connect potentiometers or as 0 – 3.3 V inputs – and with a little creativity, the outputs can be used for other applications as well, for example for fans or if used outside the PC, even for devices requiring up to 24 Volts.
The farbwerk can also use software sensors from tools such as HWiNFO, AIDA and Open Hardware Monitor to visually display what’s going on in your system. The farbwerk also comes as a Bluetooth version that allows you to control everything from your Android device. The source-code is open-source and can be used to create apps for other platforms, so they should arrive from users and fans.
This tiny LED controller has so many features and options that I highly recommend you check it out yourself. The farbwerk RGB LED controllers should be available shortly. The MSRP is set to €29,90 for the non-Bluetooth version while the one with Bluetooth will cost you €39.99. Actually not much when you consider all the option you’ll be getting.
Thanks to AquaComputer for providing us with this information
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