Nov 26, 2010

Razzle Dazzle - LED Suit

We've been sitting on this video for a couple weeks now, we had to wait until the suit was used before showing it off...but here it is! I call it Razzle Dazzle thinking of the song from Chicago,
Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle them
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
and the reaction will be passionate...

This one definitely has lots of flash in it! We received the suit as a rush job, with rgb led rope already sewn in, our job was 'simply' to hook up all the endless ropes and make them ... dazzle! The legs, torso and head are controlled individually, and a controller at the arm allows the wearer to change between 7 different settings of colours and flashing levels.

To break it down there were: 4 groups of RGB LED strands each have 3 primary colours.

We used a small box to house an Arduino board which runs a program that cycles the colours and determines how it should light up. Twelve light levels are fed to the LEDs through six different programs including:

- Strobe with rate control
- Static colour and brightness
- Brightness cycle, looks like a wave going up and down the suit so you can control the speed.
- Random flicker

Enjoy the video!

Razzle Dazzle from Vanessa Carpenter on Vimeo.

Nov 2, 2010

Giant Death Laser!

A five year dream between friends: find, and run a giant laser. The first one died a horrible death, being over powered and sadly, no longer laser-ing. Today, arriving in 10 layers of bubble wrap and foam, was the new, shiny-er version, a giant laser bought off ebay, powered, and bringing delight to the boys and girls of GeekPhysical. See the movie here: Giant Death Laser