I already read about many of the other ambilight-like projects. What draw me here was the straight from HDMI input processing: a self contained ambilight solution.
I am trying to educate myself here. Please be patient heheh
Are you using a HDMI receiver IC to process the HDMI input? Something like these ICs from Analog.com ?
Anyways, I'll keep researching to learn how to do HDMI input processing with ICs. Any information you can provide is very much appreciated. I am flying blind here. It's like learning a complete foreign exotic new language, I sort know which bits and pieces should be there (verbs, nouns, etc) but I am completely clueless on how to connect them heheh specially correctly, electronics here we go.
Jensen, this little project has started an itch that just won't go away. What do you suggest I buy to start learning?
I've already ordered a Extech EX330 multimeter based on an Adafruit suggestion (should get here in 3-5 weeks but I have a small minipa handy in the meantime). I should order a breadboard, breadboard connection cables.... what else do you suggest? Specially for HDMI processing heheh
ps: This nice NeTV (CPU + FPGA + LINUX) hardware could be repurposed to do exactly what we want: process a pass-through HDMI input and drive a led strip through USB (a microcontroller)..... I digress a lot heehh
Learning electronics is really a large subject, it can be self taught but if you haven't played much with it already, I think taking a class is likely the fastest way. Simplified there are 2 worlds in electronics, analog and digital. This I would classify as mainly a digital project. For digital projects using MCUs, programming skills are very essential. This project is done primarily in C and assembly. C is not too hard to learn, but it does take some time to truly mater it. For assembly, you'll only need it in places where you need 100% control over how long time things take and if you need to speed something up in certain places. It's not hard to use once you understand the basics, it's just very time consuming to program in.
I do most of my projects with Microchip's PIC MCUs, for no other reason than that I am familiar with their architecture and have a few pieces of hardware to help develop with them. But Arduino is probably one of the better platforms to start out on, many easily digestible resources and projects available.
A multimeter is a good start, and later an oscilloscope will be essential. Also recommended to get some kind of lab power supply where you can regulate the voltage and limit the current, doesn't have to be very expensive.