I became aware of this great project/product a few weeks ago, and it looks great! I think it is a great idea.
I am not Tidbyt owner (yet?) as I happened to had a similar LED matrix and some ESP32 laying around already, so I didn’t need the extra hardware. It would be great a (paid) service was available to anyone to install Tidbyt firmware on their own hardware and use Tidbyt’s backend servers and mobile app.
That being said, and since I liked the idea and Pixlet, I forked the project and made some additions to make easier a custom implementation of (something somewhat similar, albeit very very simple) Tidbyt.
My fork of Pixlet implements a very simple API that can be used to manage applets (list/add/delete/get). They are rendered as GIF and returned on a base64 encoded format, which is consumed by a custom ESP32 firmware via MQTT.
I will not add any links here, as I don’t know if that’d be against this forum’s rules but, as I said, it is a fork of Pixlet project, so it is easy to find if anyone is interested in taking a look.
The development is on its early stages, so it is very basic (both the ESP32 firmware project and Pixlet’s)
Thank you tidbyt team for the efforts put on the development of this software/hardware.