I mentioned this in a previous section here but I wanted to acknowledge that whatever I learn for my own project I gained MORE useful information from this thread http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,114901.0.html
than from all of the video I have researched and watched on YouTube. So kudos to Pedro for sharing his process and Crossroads for his considerable level of help. Obviously, there were others in there so don't think I left you out http://mystarbright.com
When I saw that site above I knew I wanted to recreate it. I know I could buy it but where is the fun in that.
Believe it or not that window decoration is a 8x8 LED setup and I believe they are using Super Bright LEDs. Most of the animations are 20 frames in length so it is VERY doable with Arduino.
I am almost at the build stage for the 8x8 but I am waiting for my shipment of components including a 74HC165 and a 74HC595. I ordered both not knowing which one would be best but I am sure that will be an easy task.
While my parts are shipping I will ask this of anyone. I know there is some fabric that might be good for mounting of the 8x8 LEDs but as far as I saw it was pretty much a small size. At the commercial site they are using a plastic backing for the LEDs but I know zero about how that could be created...maybe it is an outsourced kind of thing.
For now...I will mount on some kind of stiff cheap board unless someone has an idea. I am completely open here.
Now for a design question.
What is the Darlington ULN2803 component used for in Pedro's project? In some other LED matrix designs that I have studied it does not appear.
Yes, I will be posting pictures and code as I progress so stay tuned until I get my parts. lol