Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Late last year I was contacted by a Deadmau5 fan and commissioned to build a replica of the Mau5 LED head used on tour and on the MTV video music awards. The finished project just debuted at Comic Con 2011 this weekend. Unfortunately I can't post or say much about this project. Here are just a few build pics.
Also enjoy a few stats about the head and some photos taken at Comic Con below. Animations seen at Comic Con were created by Chase Levin and ThinkMotion.
- 760 individually controlled RGB LEDs
- Completely wireless, no external components
- Powered by Lithium Polymer batteries (2 hour run-time per set)
- 24 FPS playback
- Weight: 12.9 lbs
- Build time: 10 months
Posted by Marc at 10:24 PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I've been working on a couple of really amazing projects that will slowly be revealed over the next few months. The first one just debuted this past evening in Paris. I was part of a team that helped design the LED suits for The Black Eyed Peas' new 2011 tour: "The Beginning". The team has worked relentlessly to produce three suits for the band within two weeks' time:
The three suits were designed by Philips VP and Dutch lighting designer Rogier van der Heide in collboration with Studio Nancy Tilbury of London. I was brought to London where I was responsible for the electronics and software for both APL's and Taboo's suits. I had the pleasure of working alongside electronics guru Benjamin Males who was responsible for Fergie's revolutionary OLED dress, as well as Fergie's EL dress worn at the recent 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
APL's suit was designed to be a graphic spectrum analyzer that pulses to the music. 200 RGB LED modules provide the effect. Taboo's vest has a couple hundred RGB LED modules, each individually controlled, covered with translucent silicone pyramid "studs". Both suits house my custom control system that loads content from removable flash memory and is triggered wirelessly with a LumenRadio system.
The suits were scheduled to debut at the CONCERT 4 NYC on June 9th, but the concert was canceled due to bad weather. Fortunately the suits followed the Peas on their tour and they appeared again tonight. I don't have many pictures from the trip, but here is some YouTube footage posted by some of the Paris audience.
Posted by Marc at 11:48 PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Download our new Xachi game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It's free until January 1st!
Posted by Marc at 10:35 AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
If you don't feel like reading the whole post, feel free to just watch the video!
>> Edit: I just posted a new "extended version" of the video.
>> Edit: Be sure to check out and vote for my Instructable in both the Humana and Craftsman Tools Contests starting next week!
I haven't posted much recently because I'm working on a few projects that aren't complete yet and I would rather wait to post them after they're further along. But in the next few posts I'm going to be digging up an old project I finished over four years ago, which I am going to enter into the Craftsman Tools Contest. I'm also going to talk about my ongoing work on the project, trying to turn it into a viable product.
When I was younger, one of my favorite shows to watch was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I also visited Disney World about once a year with my family, and my favorite "ride" has always been the monorail. It is just an icon of all that is futuristic. To think that it was built almost 40 years ago is amazing.
|The USS Enterprise Bridge|
Walt Disney World Monorail
- Small air compressor with tank from Home Depot
- 32" wide, solid wood door from Home Depot (to be cut in half)
- A 5-way, 12V solenoid-operated valve from McMaster.com
From there it was just a matter of painting the wall, and it was back to looking stock. I purchased a blank white wall plate from Home Depot. I drilled it out for an illuminated pushbutton and a 3-position keyswitch, both of which I bought from McMaster. I also purchased a plastic hatch door from McMaster for the control box. Lastly, I added an air conditioning vent above the door. This lets the air venting noises be heard, and it also provides me access to the valve and pistons should anything go wrong.
The key switch has three positions: Hold Open, Hold Closed, and Normal Operation. Normal operation means the door will open when the inside or outside buttons are pushed, and close after a few seconds. I wired up the keypad so that I could lock the door from the outside, and a #* combination opens the door. The keypad also has red and green lights which I used to indicate the door's status. If the door is locked, the red light turns on, and the green light illuminates when the door is open.
And that just about wraps it up. Four years later, the door is still up and running, and I recently took some photos and video of it in action during my last trip back home. I also decided to upgrade the air compressor to a new Craftsman 1HP model with a much higher SCFM for faster refilling. The compressor is hung from a roof beam in the attic with padding to dampen any vibrations.
Watch the quick video:
And the extended version:
Posted by Marc at 12:48 AM