Aqua Computer Announces farbwerk 360 – the next generation RGB LED controller

The RGB lighting theme remains a hot topic. The German manufacturer Aqua Computer is also following this trend and is expanding its product range with the new farbwerk 360.

With the farbwerk 360, Aqua Computer launches probably the most powerful RGB controller for PCs currently on the market. It is capable of controlling up to 360 addressable RGB LEDs on 4 channels. A newly developed technology that Aqua Computer describes as ALPHApx allows for the first time to freely combine effects through transparency in up to 20 levels.

Much work has been invested in the powerful aquasuite control software. As in a video editing program, up to 20 controllers can be freely assigned, moved, copied and even cloned to areas on the LED strips using drag & drop. The operation is intuitive and effects can be freely combined with each other. 

Aqua Computer has developed another technology to ensure that all effects are displayed as smoothly as possible: SMOOTHpx. With SMOOTHpx the transitions between the LEDs are blended smoothly. The effects are calculated in the farbwerk 360 on the basis of vectors, making stepless intermediate fading possible.

To easily switch between different settings Aqua Computer has integrated a profile management. The profiles can be switched smartly based on rules. For example, rules can be created on the basis of started applications. Thus a different lighting can be automatically selected for office applications than for gaming. The rules can also be controlled by measured values. In addition to 4 temperature sensors on the farbwerk 360 and a connection for a flow sensor, all data from hardware monitoring are available.

The AMBIENTpx technology is already known from Aqua Computer and the backlight for monitors can now cover almost any panel size with up to 360 LEDs. The analysis of the monitor image is done with an extremely low system load in a background service.

Special Sound-to-Light effects, level indicators and effects controllable via sound complete the possibilities.

The device works completely independently, the effects are calculated in the device and no running PC or software is required. Only if monitoring or audio/video data from the PC is used Windows needs to run – but the transfer takes place in the background even then.

 

 

Aqua Computer offers the farbwerk 360 together with two LED strips and cables at 39,90 Euro.

Technical data:

  • Addressable LED Controller
  • Calculation of effects in the processor of the inking unit 360
  • SMOOTHpx for smooth transitions
  • 4 LED channels with up to 90 LEDs each
  • 4 temperature sensors can be connected
  • 16 software sensors, e.g. for CPU load, data rates, SSD level, etc. can be used
  • 1 connection for flow sensor
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • aquabus interface
  • Power supply 5 V, max. 8 A, 40 W
  • 20 adjustable color controls which can be assigned to multiple areas of the strips, max. 60 areas can be managed
  • 4 profiles
  • aquasuite software included

Scope of delivery:

  • farbwerk 360
  • 2x RGBpx connection cable 50 cm
  • 2x RGBpx Strip with 15 LEDs, 10×320 mm
  • internal USB cable, 1 m
  • instruction

 

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