1. Learn how to make an RGB LED PXL! →

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    Im teaching 2 workshops in Newark about how to make my RGB LED PXL 3.0. Its a simple ambient light object that glows all sorts of different colors and uses clothespins and brass fasteners for switches.  Each workshop ends with light painting session.  The evening workshop will also have beer!

    The workshop is a collaboration with LNY as part of his show at Solo(s) Project House.  

  2. VCR hacking

    VCR hacking

  3. VCR hacking

    VCR hacking

  4. VCR hacking

    VCR hacking

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    VCR hacking

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    Several years ago Eric Drasin and I opened up a VCR that was receiving video from a DV cam and started hacking.  We didnt really know what we were doing and we eventually killed the machine, but here are some gif’s and stills from that session.  

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Setting up the Rainbow Machine at the New York Hall of Science.  I got to ride one of those pneumatic cherry picker cart things.  Small joys.

    Setting up the Rainbow Machine at the New York Hall of Science.  I got to ride one of those pneumatic cherry picker cart things.  Small joys.

  8. I need some reminding.  Its going to be a crazy busy weekend.  

    I need some reminding.  Its going to be a crazy busy weekend.  

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Images produced by messing with the circuit board of a VCR while its playing a VHS tape.

    Images produced by messing with the circuit board of a VCR while its playing a VHS tape.

  10. Gotta fix that one pixel.

    Gotta fix that one pixel.

  11. Sean created a program allows us to feed the rainbow machine jpg images instead of having to individually code each design.  This makes creating new rainbow designs much easier and more intuitive.  The next step Sean is working on is creating a program to manipulate the jpg to compensate for the rainbows distortion.  This means these triangles will look like triangles and not ovals.  

    Sean created a program allows us to feed the rainbow machine jpg images instead of having to individually code each design.  This makes creating new rainbow designs much easier and more intuitive.  The next step Sean is working on is creating a program to manipulate the jpg to compensate for the rainbows distortion.  This means these triangles will look like triangles and not ovals.  

  12. This is for Bacon Champion of Brooklyn, JDLV.

    This is for Bacon Champion of Brooklyn, JDLV.

  13. Early on during the development of the Rainbow Machine I decided to build a mobile version that can be deployed with nothing more than a backpack full of gear.  My goal was to have it ready for Bring to Light in addition the actual Rainbow Machine so I opted for a prototype as final product kind of style.  Which basically translates into using the breadboard and what materials I had on hand to create the final product.  Real electronics nerds would shudder at this, and I do too, but I have to say I do kinda like the look of it.  

    Its built with all the left overs from the rainbow and parts I had around the apartment: aluminum angle scrap, bolts, TLC chips and a bunch of RGB LEDs Ive had for far too long. The device was almost exclusively put together in the early morning hours and down time of the Rainbow Machines development in September.

    The final design employs a piece of hard foam clamped to the board to ensure no components or wires fall out of place.  To secure the LEDs I just ran two long lines of hot glue over their connects.  Im going to bolt a flange on the base so I can attach a 3/4” aluminum conduit to it (same as used for the frame of the machine) and really get a nice arch to it.  

    The next step after building is programming.  I have learned through strict trial and error how to change up some of the example patterns from the Arduino TLC library but this is not enough.  Hopefully in a months time I will have learned enough processing to start designing my own sketches from scratch and create some new rainbows.