The RGB Matrix Backpack is a small board that connects to the back of the Adafruit 32x32 RGB LED Matrix Panel and is a very convenient way to control this awesome panel. The board is simply a small Arduino. You can easily program the board using the Arduino IDE. As you can see from the video below, it's possible to create great color animations, completely in Arduino programming!
Kit comes unassembled, Adafruit 32x32 RGB LED Matrix Panel not included! Note this doesn't work as well with our 4mm pitch matrix panel due to the power connector being in the way.
To program the board, you'll need an FTDI cable or FTDI friend. Or you can program the ATMega328 chip using your Arduino board and move the chip to the RGB Matrix Backpack for testing.The board snaps onto the back of the panel and provides power to the panel through the terminal block connections. The board should be powered by a 5V regulated power adapter that can deliver up to 2A.