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

High Quality Zen

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Announcing High Quality Zen, a batch renderer based on Zen photon garden. I built it as a way to further experiment with this 2D raytracing style, adding animation and color. I created a short video intro in the form of an Amon Tobin music video: Try it yourself: Create art in your browser at zenphoton.com Take a look at the hqz README on GitHub.  Read More

Zen photon garden

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Lately I’ve been spending more time working on creative projects. I would say focusing on creative projects, though sometimes focus seems counterproductive. As a project hurtles toward one goal, it leaves a trail of sharp edges and unanswered questions that lead to completely new projects. This happened recently. In the course of designing a triangular pixel grid prototype... Read More

AVR RFID, Optimized and Ported to C

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Way back in 2008, I posted a writeup about using an AVR microcontroller as an RFID tag. Since then, it’s been great to see many people pick up this code and build their own DIY RFID tags. In my original project, I was just interested in using an AVR as a way of emulating any tag protocol I wanted, even proprietary protocols like the HID cards that are so common for door entry.... Read More