Control Pixo Devices #
Setup App and Bridge #
First, install the Pixo Bridge to allow the Control App to connect to Pixo Devices.
Instructions are in the Getting Started Guide
View Connected Devices #
View all your connected devices in the "Devices" page. To open the page, click the "Devices" button at the top of the app.
The list of devices updates automatically as you connect and disconnect devices.
The "Devices" page in the Control App
Select the "Bridge" tab to view details about the connected Pixo Bridge.
Display details of conencted devices in the list by enabling the "Show details" option in the Devices page:
Click the button, then "Show details"
Select one of the devices in the list to display details about the device, and edit the device's settings.
Selected device details
Set Effects #
Open the Effects page by clicking the "Effects" button in the App header.
Select a connected device to control using the dropdown box at the top of the page.
Mode & Brightness #
Select the "Device" tab.
Use the slider to change the device's brightness. The brightness is updated in real time, as the slider is moved.
The brightness percentage is displayed alongside the slider. 0% is still on, but the lowest brightness that can be set. To turn the device off entirely, use the
off effect, or the "Brightness" button on the device to cycle to the "off" setting.
Select one of the four built-in "modes". The modes are:
- "Happy" - the device displays one of the built in effects with a mainly green colour palette, and a moderate amount of animation
- "Excited" - the device displays one of the built in effects with a mainly red colour palette, and a high amount of animation
- "Sleepy" - the device displays one of the built in effects with a mainly blue colour palette, and a low amount of animation
- "Command" - the device responds to commands send over USB from the Pixo Control App
Select one of the built-in effects within the selected mode, altering both the colour palette and intensity of animation. The effect is updated in real time, as the selection is changed.
Note: in "Command" mode, this has no effect.
The built-in effects are:
- Chase Band
- Twinkle Fade
If the device seems to be unresponsive to the Mode Effect selection, it may be in "Command" mode.
Effect Palette #
Select the "Effects" tab.
Select an effect from the palette by clicking it.
Click the button to apply the selected effect to the device.
Most effects have parameters to configure to way they work. This may include things like the colour palette, speed, decay rate, width, etc.
Effect colour parameters are be edited with the colour palette dialog, and numeric parameters are edited with sliders.
Automatic output mode can be enabled by clicking the button. When this is enabled, any changes to the effect selection or effect parameter values are outputted to the selected device immediately. This makes it easier to customise effects by seeing the updates live.
A submodel of the target device can be selected, if the device's persona has submodels that can be targetted. For example, the Mini Tree has the "star", "lights", and "trunk" submodels that can have effects individually applied.
Facial Expressions #
Some devices have a "face", for example the Mini Tree.
Select the "Face" tab to display the palette of button to control the eyes and mouth
- Open - set the eyes to "open"
- Closed - set the eyes to "closed"
- Blink - set the eyes to "closed" for a short time (around 100ms), then set to open
- Off - turn all the eye pixels off
- Rest - set the mouth to the "rest" phoneme - this is the default resting mouth shape
- Off - turn the mouth off
- AI - set the mouth to the "AI" phoneme (same as
- O - set the mouth to the "O" phoneme
- E - set the mouth to the "E" phoneme
- U - set the mouth to the "U" phoneme
- etc - set the mouth to the "etc" phoneme
- L - set the mouth to the "L" phoneme
- WQ - set the mouth to the "WQ" phoneme
- MBP - set the mouth to the "MBP" phoneme
- FV - set the mouth to the "FV" phoneme