Vancouver Maker Faire 2017

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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”.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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