Hello everyone. First of all, I wanted to make it clear that the purpose of my post is not to badmouth your product. My intention is to help correct its shortcomings and that we really have a real alternative to Philips and its inflated price products.
I think some of you don't know exactly what Ambilight is, what it was created for and what it should look like.
Some people insist on having a Christmas tree behind the screen that reacts to any color and makes you have an epileptic seizure.
The ambilight effect should be smooth, that you feel how the screen extends and does not distract you from the image with flickering, sudden color changes.
Jack, who did you look to when creating this product, because Philips and their HUE products obviously didn't and they are the ones who really know about this.
I bought my Neo 2.0 unit with the hope that after 12 years of using all kinds of devices to emulate Philips ambilight, I would finally find a product that was easy to connect, clean and comfortable.
And what did I find? A product that has nothing to do with what Ambilight really is. A disco that does nothing but change colors abruptly in HIGH mode and in the other two with a very annoying delay and flickering, which interprets white colors as bluish and yellow as greenish.
Jack, I know you are very excited about this project, that you can be the perfect alternative to the very expensive Philips Play, but first you have to really know what Ambilight is, how it works and above all surround yourself with real betatester and not people looking for the opportunity to receive a free product. That is even more important than the publicity that certain Youtube channels can give you.
This Lytmi NEO needs a change in the way it processes data. I urge you to acquire a Philips HDMI sync, a gradient lightstrip and use it as the basis for your product. From there if you want to create new added modes for those who want a disco at home or epileptic seizures, go ahead.
Hopefully you efforts will be focused on achieving these improvements and that Neo 2.0 will support fw updates to fix the units already shipped.
Hi, this is Wendell, thanks so much for all those informative and great advices. Me personally is also thinking about the value of ambient light. Actually it's quite hard for us to completely understand the ambient lighting or customers demands at the begining. Cause we are making this projects for your western users, rather than Chinese. In China, the ambient lighting market is almost a virgin. We have no way to learn from any competitors or customers, cuz there's none. We had bought some devices from west, including Hue, Govee, nanoleaf, twinkly, but this is not enough. It's pretty important to learn from you guys, the real users. And that's why we persist to build the forum here and Facebook. We need to look, hear and think what real users need. It's quite hard for the whole team for all those criticizes but it's worthy for growing-up.
Regarding to the lighting algorithm, I agree with your partial opinion. We just tested out a new algorithm, capturing only ONE MAIN COLOR for EACH SIDE of SCREEN and transmit to the corresponding lightstrip, to reduce the distraction while watching normal movies. I'm also thinking about to hand over partial control from NEO to users, like displaying one color by 3 LEDs or 6 LEDs or 1 LEDs. In Hue's solution, each 6 LEDs is controlled by one individual IC, which means they are displaying less colors and less distractions in some conditions.
Anyway, it's good to hear from you. Thank you so much!
Oh but they solved the problem by stating on their site. /Sarcasm
Coming from and HDFury Diva that had excellent ambilight function, I was hoping Neo 2.0 would be a “reasonable” replacement.
The issues about incorrect EDID when nothing is connected to Neo 2.0 output, crazy colors on DV content, and really odd Black Bar Autofill (lower part of picture is grass/green, Neo puts out deep purple), etc. are disappointing.
With that said, I believe the biggest issue is - they do not support firmware upgrades.
Let that sink in. You have what you have. No bug fixes, no improvements.
Not sure where you’re getting that this is a project. This is a rebadged off the shelf piece of garbage. Check out Ali express and youll find this exact product under different guises and all under £100.
That worth a million, I mean it, seriously, thanks bro. Already forwarded those to the boss's personally. Of course the IT and product team.
Totally agree. Idea is good. I wish this project well. But it has to be real ambient lighting.
Good ambient light should use different LED strip.
Cheap ws2811 12v isn't really individually addressable. 3 LEDs group gives same output. 30 led/m is only 10 different signals per meter.
Strip with individually addressable LEDs would improve precision and smoothness of effect.