March 29, 2007




March 16, 2007

ColorKinetics is putting together a proposal for us using two of their light strands (100 lights) and their light manager. These are the full range RGB lights which are really amazing. Each light in the strand is capable of producing 16 million colors and is individually addressable meaning we can accomplish almost anything in regards to visualization.

ColorKinetics Flex RGB 

To-do List 3.15.07

March 15, 2007

  • Document
    • document – layout in indesign (ebru)
    • precedents (patrick)
    • process (ebru/patrick)
    • results (ebru)
  • mock-up design of light grid (look at hardware posted) sketchup or max model? ebru/patrick/jamin/brad
    • framework
    • incandescent or led
  • connections between microserver
    • power (wes)
    • serial (wes)
    • microphone (wes)
  • light array
    • light controller (brad)
    • software interface (xiaoyang)
    • lights, led or incandescent (brad)

Solar Powered Devices

March 15, 2007

Silicon solar seems to offer some devices that can be used to power our microserver, sound processor, and microphone.

Color Grid Array…

March 14, 2007

Looks like building the circuit is going to be beyond our expertise and timeframe talking with EE and the resellers.

Our next choice is to pick up a pre-packaged lighting controller from a reseller like Animated Lighting. They provide lighting control boards that allow for custom solutions. The board has 16 channels so we could build a 16 x 16 array or smaller of either single color lights or I Color RGB systems. The rgb system is the nicest solution because it would allow us to build the array and each pixel would be any rgb color we program it to be… so basically we could create images using the array. Of course this is the high-end solution and costs approximately $500 per 50 lights. Using single color LED systems the price drops to around 75 cents a light so it is a lot more affordable.

The animated lighting controller is decently affordable, which costs around $300, but the circuits were going to cost around $45.00 each and we need 8 of them so i think the pre-built controller seems like the way to go as long as it interfaces with non-proprietary software.

I spent about a half hour with their sales guy today at Animated Lighting but i need to talk more with the tech guy who is calling me tonight or tomorrow. I will give everyone an update in class tomorrow. See you around 4:30pm.


March 9, 2007


Blackboard Post

March 9, 2007