Fadecandy video updates

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I’ve been super busy lately, working on a new installation. I’m excited to document the process more at some point, but for now I have some videos to share with new LED effects I’ve been working on:  Read More

HQZ rendering with Blender and Maya

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Damien Picard has been doing some neat things with my High Quality Zen rendering engine. He’s been posting images on his Tumblr site: Some of this work has been in Blender or Maya, and he’s been working on plugins for those 3D modeling packages to generate scene and animation files for HQZ. These scripts are now available in the HQZ Github.  Read More

Fadecandy on the Making Embedded Systems podcast

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Elecia White on the Making Embedded Systems podcast: Micah Elizabeth Scott (@scanlime) came to talk about Fadecandy, a really neat way to control smart LEDs (NeoPixel, AdaFruit’s term for the WS2812). The conversation ranged from beautiful LED control algorithms and open source embedded projects to triangle tessellations, art,... Read More

Standalone WiFi Fadecandy server

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This week, nemik posted a package for OpenWRT that makes it really easy to run the Fadecandy server on a cheap battery-powered WiFi router, the TP-LINK TL-MR3040. I just got my MR3040 in the mail, and I recorded a quick video demo: (Video on YouTube.) Nemik writes: I recently discovered Micah’s awesome Fadecandy USB controller for WS281x LED pixels. One of the things that I... Read More

Fadecandy: How it’s made

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I was at the Adafruit warehouse in Manhattan a couple weeks back, where we ran the first Fadecandy boards through their assembly line. The boards are now in the Adafruit catalog, and we made a video about the manufacturing process. Watch Ladyada explain how the assembly line works while I fumble with pick-and-place reels: (Video on YouTube.)  Read More

Presentation at GAFFTA Creative Code Meetup VII

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I gave a talk at the GAFFTA Creative Code Meetup back in November. It was a brief overview of my recent work including Zen Photon Garden, High Quality Zen, the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform, and Fadecandy. It includes a live demo of Fadecandy, starting at 18:43. Creative Code Meetup VII- Micah Elizabeth Scott from GAFFTA on Vimeo.  Read More

Fadecandy Controller available from Adafruit

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The Fadecandy controller (initially announced here) is a new USB interface board for making more expressive art installations using the widely available WS2811 “NeoPixel” LED strips. It controls up to 8 strips of 64 LEDs, and it includes a unique dithering algorithm to help you quickly get the best quality color from each of your LEDs. I’m happy to announce that... Read More

Fadecandy: Easier, tastier, and more creative LED art

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I’ve been working on a project lately that I’m really eager to share with the world: A kit of hardware and software parts to make LED art projects easier to build and better-looking, so sculptors and makers and multimedia artists can concentrate on building beautiful things instead of reinventing the wheel. I call it Fadecandy. Fadecandy isn’t a one-size-fits-all... Read More

Slides from Arse Elektronika 2013

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Arse Elektronika is a yearly conference that focuses on the intersection of sex and technology. It’s almost too San Francisco, but it actually comes from the weird Austrian art group monochrom. And it’s a lot of fun! This year I was invited to give a talk on my sonar-controlled vibrator. I even won a really weird award for it, the Golden Kleene! Slides from the talk... Read More

The Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform

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This year I had the pleasure of working on a big art project for Burning Man with a wonderfully talented group of artists and engineers in my community. It started with a simple idea: Let’s bring a variable reach forklift to Burning Man, and put a cloud on it. The project’s tongue-in-cheek Kickstarter video illustrates the concept we were going for: (View on YouTube) In... Read More