1. 
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.

  2. Some  new tests of the Rainbow Machine.

  3. Gotta fix that one pixel.

    Gotta fix that one pixel.

  4. 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.  

  5. Some photos of our Rainbow Machine set up at the Active Space show by Shameel Arafin.  For this show we had a projector pointed at the building showing photos nice a big, a monitor showing photos that were just taken, a script that Sean cooked up to instantaneously upload the photos to flickr, and a print on demand service using an iPad and a Square so you can buy a 8x10 print of your photo.  By far our most tech heavy set up yet.

  6. Check out this great video that Amanda Hass made about the Rainbow Machine.  

  7. Sean just pulled out all the stops and implemented some serious Rainbow Machine upgrades.  We are now able to send jpegs, gifs, or pngs straight to the machine!!!  More info on this programmatic feat when the dust settles from the NYsci marathon week next week.  

    Sean just pulled out all the stops and implemented some serious Rainbow Machine upgrades.  We are now able to send jpegs, gifs, or pngs straight to the machine!!!  More info on this programmatic feat when the dust settles from the NYsci marathon week next week.  

  8. Late night studio session to prep for tomorrows install at the NY Hall of Science.

    Late night studio session to prep for tomorrows install at the NY Hall of Science.

  9. 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.

  10. on the streets of Bushwick

    on the streets of Bushwick

  11. Team Rainbroz will be showing the Rainbow Machine tonight, from 7 to 10, at the Active Space in Bushwick.  Its located at 566 Johnson Ave (corner of Johnson and Stewart) between the Morgan and Jefferson stops on the L train.  If you are around stop by to have your photo taken!  We will also be trying out a print on demand option tonight.  If you like your photo, you can buy a super high quality glossy 8x10 print of it right there on the spot!Check it out! 

    Team Rainbroz will be showing the Rainbow Machine tonight, from 7 to 10, at the Active Space in Bushwick.  Its located at 566 Johnson Ave (corner of Johnson and Stewart) between the Morgan and Jefferson stops on the L train.  If you are around stop by to have your photo taken!  We will also be trying out a print on demand option tonight.  If you like your photo, you can buy a super high quality glossy 8x10 print of it right there on the spot!

    Check it out! 

  12. win!

    win!

  13. Made these snazzy lil business cards for Bring to Light.  All the text and images were drawn from Google Patents.

  14. The Rainbow Machine Team.  Extra special thanks to our de-facto assistants Jenn De La Vega, Amanda Hass, and Dana Kellstrom.

    The Rainbow Machine Team.  Extra special thanks to our de-facto assistants Jenn De La Vega, Amanda Hass, and Dana Kellstrom.