Jul 192014
 

 

Red Cylon Eye

Red Cylon Eye

We suspect that if you knew what a cylon was, you would want to install one. So, from Chris Knight, here is the first Instructable “Put a Cylon On It“, and this is how it starts…

Last year the comedy sketch show ‘Portlandia‘ made fun of an arts and craft trend, where craft artists would take ordinary items and ‘put a bird on it’. I fell victim to a similar trend in the geek crowd: Take an ordinary silver item and add LEDs to ‘put a cylon in it’. :)

When I saw the Total Control Lighting strands, the first thing that came to mind was sticking these on the front of my Jeep to create a ‘Cylon Eye’. Installing them in the Jeep was a breeze, which then freed me up to tinker with the software. I now have a multi-mode Cylon Eye with a pretty purple control module in my Jeep.

As you can see from the Instructable, the Red Cylon Eye uses the Super Density WS2812 strip on the Awesome Developer Kit.

We just heard from Chris again, and he has made some final tweaks to the Red Cylon Eye, outlined in this Instructable.

 

Jul 092014
 

Giant Cupcake - Total Control LightingScott sent us this fun video of his giant motorized cupcake car, which he is in the process of perfecting, lit using Total Control Lighting. Our favorite line, a perfect thought from a maker, “We have to put brakes on, but that’ll be for Maker Faire.”

You can see the video HERE.

Benny, Karen and the Elves

Jun 192014
 

Luminescent Grand Akshay Sawhney

We have highlighted the Luminescent Grand on our blog before because it is so amazing. As you can see from the photo above, it was a BIG hit at Maker Faire, all the pianists wanted to give it a try.  So we thought you might also like to see it’s creator, William Jerome (Coda) playing it for the crowd.

We were thrilled when we recently found a video that explains a bit of the conceptualization behind the programming, and we knew you would want to see that too.

Benny, Karen and the Elves

photo: Akshay Sawhney at Maker Faire 2014