Aurora v1.6 release

Aurora v1.6 release

Built with Arduino 1.6.4 and Teensyduino 1.23.

This release better supports both SmartMatrix Kickstarter and SmartMatrix Shield hardware.

New Features

  • Pong clock face
  • Countdown clock face
    • Only available if target date/time is set in /aurora/countdwn.txt file.
    • Uses the format yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss
    • For example: 2015-06-24 21:00:00
    • Hidden/disabled if target isn’t set, or it’s already past.

New Features for Kickstarter Hardware

  • Turn off display when on USB and not external power.
  • Sleep on reset button press.
  • Status LED pulses while Aurora is running.


  • Moved simple messages.txt file to SD card root.
  • If messages.txt file doesn’t exist in the SD card root, it’s now created with two sample messages.
  • Changed default look of simple messages: color=white, top=11, left=0, font=gohufont11b, speed=50, mode=wrapForward.
  • Disabled demo mode, only really useful for shows, can easily be re-enabled in source code.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed last message file not being played.
  • Fixed last character of messages in messages.txt file not showing.

Aurora 1.6 is the version that shipped with the SmartMatrix Displays after our Kickstarter. We have more available to ship to US customers.

Please tell me the name of this pattern.

answer: PatternMultipleStream8
(google this)