(2016) 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 its self is a 20 sided icosahedron with the flower of life pattern on each pannel. Each panel is illuminated with a series of addressable LEDs. The LEDs patterns and color change with the movement of the ball.

I created three versions of this marker each with slight changes. Made with laser cut wood, and WS2812 LEDs (NeoPixels), and a circuit playground from Adafruit

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Using the @adafruit #circuitplayground board's accelerometer with a string of #neopixel LED's. Rotating the #BallOfLife changes the colors. Tapping it changes the modes. Next step is to add more modes. . . #led #ball #projects #pov #burningman #festivals #treeoflife #fractals #icosahedron #colors #mesmerizing

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Even at 1/16 brightness, LEDs are hard to photograph. This little guy is about the size of a human head. I have enough LEDs to make it five times as big but I am worried about the weight. Choice for tomorrow. #led #ball #projects #pov #burningman #festivals #treeoflife #fractals #icosahedron #colors #mesmerizing

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The hippie ball of life all together in one icosahedron. Glowing leds. #led #ball #projects #pov #burningman #festivals #treeoflife #fractals #icosahedron

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Top sides of the hippie ball of life - mark 2. #led #ball #projects #pov #burningman #festivals #treeoflife #fractals

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Starting work on the hippie ball of life - mark 2. Mark 1 (hippie ball of death), sent a 2lb chunck of twisted metal shrapnel though a plywood wall in 2010. I have learned a few things since then and thought I should try again. #led #ball #projects #pov #burningman #festivals

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