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Vancouver Maker Faire 2017
2017-09-13 00:01
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This year for the vancouver maker faire I decided to show off all my LED and lighting projects that I had created over the past few years. I also created a special project just for Vancouver Maker Faire the LED Pillar.

Vancouver Maker Faire 2017 projects

LED Pillar

The LED Pillar project is thought experiment of how to make a game with a single strip of LEDs as the display. After a few different iterations the final game resembles popular Guitar Hero game from 2005 on a single LED strip.

The object of this game is to score as many points as possible by pressing the corresponding colored button as a “beat” enters the goal area. If a beat leaves the goal area or the user presses the wrong colored button, they lose a life. The user starts with 5 lives. As the game progresses the speed of the “beats” increases.

For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2017-led-pillar

Laser kaleidoscope

A circular light box that incorporates moving lasers which generate twisting fractal shapes. 16 servos are evenly placed around the circle. Each servo has a laser diode on it, with a vertical fresnel len creating a line. The servos will rotate creating patterns inspired by mathematical formulas, cardioids and fractals. This project is based on a video called “Times Tables, Mandelbrot and the Heart of Mathematics” by “Burkard Polster” also known as “Mathologer”.

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For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2017-laser-kaleidoscope

Blinky the fox head mask

A low polygon fox head mask with an array of LEDs create patterns on the faces.

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRMQdCVO6FN07Jt5GnZL94rf_8-aMliHIxiHOD2cFD-h3YcoBVc7m7tCz-i5bEPCaOqCByg1F4si-VA/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000" frameborder="0" width="960" height="569" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true"></iframe>

For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2016-blinky-the-fox-head-mask

Thunderstorm cloud

The Thunderstorm cloud project is an interactive lamp that mimics thunderstorm cloud. Utilizing a strip of LEDS, some sensors, and a Arduino. It is cable of creating a unique lighting storm based on its surroundings. No two thunderstorms are the same. A 60 cm wide 40 cm tall made of pillow fluff and chicken wire.

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRhZVbw8gZVWK1zxaSK1JQAFXm9AHjC9eponqBlM4I0z20SrL1LQhr0mcnkVTOaszG_2iKyKp2MqTR2/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000" frameborder="0" width="960" height="569" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true"></iframe>

For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2017-thunderstorm-cloud

Branchy light box

Laser cut silhouette of branches in a tree, illuminated with color changing LEDs.

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vR6oeXOLoPFEsqbk1mUFxNdOtsGyTASXe-JrScwgNJ1Y9LfXGDCjSUfDxEiA9rVY7AoA9e8AGftdacq/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000" frameborder="0" width="960" height="569" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true"></iframe>

For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2016-branchy-light-box

Hippy ball of life

This project was to create a marker that other people could use to find me in a crowd at a festivals. The ball itself is a 20 sided icosahedron with the flower of life pattern on each panel. Each panel is illuminated with a series of addressable LEDs. The LEDs patterns and color change with the movement of the ball.

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQmxBTuAwrtUwvFR4YZpXM8wZJCxunDm2U6N63PJKssAun7mUb2IplTHi0VX-6SGJ6Yn2LYZNxKEB3Q/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000" frameborder="0" width="960" height="569" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true"></iframe>

For more information about this project, including source code, and parts list, see the project page. https://blog.abluestar.com/projects/2016-ball-of-life