Anyone know if this new technology has been featured in any new pinball machines? It is based on the single-wire protocol WS2812 family of chips.
There are lots of examples of them running, just check out the http://www.adafruit.com site.
Pretty cleaver stuff, they actually put an IC die in with the other 3 or 4 LED dies on the little chips. Then arrange them in strings, rings or blocks. Protocol is all based on agreed-upon timing, like a UART.
I predict these will be everywhere in 5 years. Maybe Vegas will redo their marquis lighting when Hoover dam can no longer generate hydroelectric power (coming soon to a planet under you)