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Arduino Light Painting

After the Roomba Light Painting article from this morning, I got a bit jazzed about checking out some inspiring light painting articles.

I ran across this one from one of my favorite blogs, Hack-N-Mod, about using an arduino chip to make some excellent pieces of long-exposure light art.  The artist who they feature in the article, Kim Pimmel, used some pretty simple arduino rocking to make some beautiful art.  Some of this stuff is just amazing.

That screenshot above is from Kim Pimmel’s Flickr photostream of some of his light art with Arduino.  Amazing.

Here’s a video of some of that work – WELL worth your time!  Be inspired!

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Thanks, Hack-N-Mod!

Kip Kay’s Light Bulb Trick

I loves me some Kip Kay – Kip is a Maker and general awesome dude who does a lot (I mean a LOT) of DIY and hacking.  Our pal Alex Rugowski sent me this video of Kip’s “magic light bulb” prank.  Check it out, and know that I am making one of these to fool anyone I can think of!  Check out more Kip Kay nerd videos here – I highly recommend it!

Thanks, Alex!

12X Blu-Ray Star Trek Phaser That Actually – Um, Phases

Okay, for super nerd-dom I have to hand this one to Jay Rob from the Laser Pointer Forums.  Jay took a 12X Blu-Ray laser (from that great supplier AixiZ) and stuffed it into one of those old Star Trek phaser toys.  So now, instead of being on stun, it’s set on “I’ll Burn You, Mofo.”

That’s right.  Check out this video – Jay opens up a can of ButtKick on some balloons from across the room:

That is freaking awesome.  Jay posted the entire how-to on the Laser Pointer Forums – definitely check it out!  He’s even added a safety to his modification!

CAVEAT:
If you’re gonna be playing around with lasers, especially this kind of laser project, you need to cough up some bread and get a pair of laser filter glasses so you don’t burn your eyes out.  Here’s a pair from OEM LAser Systems, Inc that will do the job fine, and here is a bunch from Amazon. Don’t mess around with this, you need them.  Playing with lasers isn’t worth your sight.  Oh, and also – you’re not gonna blame it on me if you screw up.  Play smart.

Jakub’s Almost Light Theremin (If Theremin Could Do Video)

A guy named Jakub Koźniewski created something quite awesome – using photocells, Arduino, a real-time audio synthesizer called Supercollider, and the Processing environment, Jakub created a pretty excellent audio and video controller.

I wrote about the Processing environment a while ago, in relation to a project called MSAFluid.  It’s worth checking out the Processing and Supercontroller websites if you’re a geek like me.

This thing is awesome, Jakub.  Great work.  Check out Jakub’s Vimeo channel – cool stuff.

Here’s the original video of Jakub’s work, this set not quite as detailed as the one above:

Thanks a lot, Make Mag.  This is why I love your blog so much.  Original post on the Arduino Forums.

DIY LED Brake Lights for Bicycle Handlebars

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I read these DIY posts about hacking every day stuff and sometimes I wonder why no one thought of this sooner!

Instructables user WyoJustin has posted an article about making a set of LED brake lights for the ends of the handlebars on a bicycle.  It’s a fairly simple project using an arduino microcontroller and a 3-axis accelerometer.  Clever!  Check out the full Instructable here.

Thanks Make!

Torch Chandelier – or Flashlight Chandelier, to the Americans Among Us

We had some funny conversations in Sweden about the word “flashlight.”  You see, when you live in the US, a “flashlight” is the thing that you grab when you need a portable illumination device that can be powered with batteries.  When you live everywhere else in the world, that flashlight is called a torch.

“Hey, where is the flashlight?”
“What the hell is a flashlight?”
“It’s a – it’s a flashlight, dude.  You know, a flashlight.”
“Oh.  You mean a torch.”
“Okay, cool.  So where is that flashlight?”

Nice.

Check out this version of a hanging luminaire from Anarc of Germany – the Torch Chandelier:

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Anarc’s Torch Chandelier is literally a bunch of flashlights (I mean torches) that are wired together, fitted with LED lamps, and – well, no and, that’s pretty much it.  It’s simple, it’s awesome, and best of all, it’s simple.  It’s almost a mockery of the flashlight, isn’t it?

I like mockery.

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I highly recommend checking out Anarc’s site – there is a lot of material to see!

Turn Your Ceiling Fan into A Low Res LED Display

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Instructables user UncleBone posted one of the coolest Instructables I’ve read on that site – making an LED ceiling fan display! He remade the blades, added some homemade circuit boards, and created the image mapping himself.  Good sir, I commend you!

Check out a very quick video of his final project – the frame rate’s off and makes the product look a bit choppy, but you get the idea.  Also, check out the Instructable here!

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Thanks for the heads up, Make!

Crazy Six-Armed DIY Ikea Hack Lamp

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I just saw a wacky sci-fi robot-esque six-armed light monster of a lamp at the Apartment Therapy Unplugged blog – the creator used an Ikea Blanda metal bowl, six Tertial arm desk lamps, some wiring harnesses and some rigging, and made a big room light.  I read some of the comments on this project, and the general consensus was “blech!  this thing is a monstrosity!”  I have to disagree.  If “steampunk” can be popular, then there is certainly a large percentage of the population who would love this project.

My wife and I have hacked Ikea furniture to fit our needs – I highly recommend it!  Props to the creator of this project, I think it is extremely cool.

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ikea hack lamp

Fry’s Sells Solar Panels? Sweet!

I was in Fry’s today (ah, to be back in Dallas…) buying a graphics card for my wife’s computer, and all of the sudden I pass by these large boxes of solar panels.  Solar panels!  At Fry’s?  That is absolutely fantastic.  If there is anyone around the DFW Metroplex who would carry them, I would figure it would be Fry’s.

They had some 40w, 60, 70, and 80w models – between around 2X4 and a larger one (the 80w model) that looked to be around 2X6.  Also, a 400w wind power generator!

I snapped a few iPhone pics.  This might not be terribly exciting to you, but if you’re in reach of a Fry’s, you could have a solar panel (or five!) for home use.

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DIY LED Table Ikea Hack

An Ikea hack, now with arduino!

I read about this hack on the Apartment Therapy Unplugged website – it’s an Ikea Granas table with 81 ShiftBrite RGB LED modules under the glass in a matrix.  An arduino chip controls the LEDs and outputs a hue-saturation-value and RGB sine wave.  The project as a whole costs about $350, but what a project!

Here’s the original article – the parts links are above.

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RGB LED table

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