Inspired by a chairoplane model he already owned that only worked on bright summer days, Michael made this improved version that works even in winter. He did this by creating a circuit where two solar cells charge 2 5F, 3V super capacitors.
Using a 32×32 neopixel display, a Teensy 3.2, and a bluetooth module, he was able to make the display programable via a smart phone. He has an additional video showing the code for the project as well as a link to a Google drive with the code.
This carbon-fiber armor has an LED underbelly. It uses NeoPixel LED strips to run light animations. The armor pieces can be made to mix and match. All pieces hook up to a battery back and micro-controller – both of which Alex made some 3-D printed holders to wear on a belt.
The LEDs are mounted so they face towards the skin to create an under-lit effect.
Code for the project, as well as the plans for the 3-D printed utility pockets, can be found on Hackster.IO Project page.
LeoneLabs created PixelBrite, a study in pixels. This amazing build is more than a light table. It’s a digital Lite-Brite, minimalist light sculpture, a disco light, a sound reactive light show all rolled into one.
With batteries and a slot for and SD card to stream patterns without a computer, PixelBrite can act as a standalone light. You can also plug it into a MIDI controller and have a interactive light show.
The Instructible page on the project is well worth reading. It’s incredibly detailed and contains not only build details (like a complete bill of materials spreadsheet) but some information on color theory and display science as well.
Rick Van Melis created Trees of Life, a beautiful and interactive art installation that allows visitors to connect with the 2 trees and bring them to life.
The art installation features over 9,000 LEDs controlled by 8 Teensy boards using the Fast LED library. Each tree is a separate system. It has 6 hands and 12 ‘arteries'(LED-Strips) 2 out of each hand. These start at 1m50 and go 5 – 7,5m high. Basically when untouched the tree and its arteries are in a restful idle animation. Users however were able to wake up the tree by placing their hands on the “hands of the tree” (hand shaped touch pads), when this happens the 2 arteries connected to the corresponding hand will start pulsating with ‘energy’.