BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Rose-Hulman ECE Christmas lights

Imagine having the ability to personalize your Christmas tree lights. When the holiday is approaching and it’s time for your family tradition of picking a tree, baking cookies, and putting on the garland, lights, ornaments, and big star on top, it seems like there is always something wrong with the lights! A few bulbs have gone out, some are missing, and you find yourself scrambling around trying to find replacements to put in to make sure your tree still shines bright next holiday season. A holiday humbug situation like this is just what Mark Yoder and the students in his … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Rose-Hulman ECE Christmas lights

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Orbital Rendersphere

By Tara Stratton If you went to Maker Faire New York this year, you could not have missed the Orbital Rendersphere. This “Big Giant Spinning Limb Slicer,” as the Hoboken MakerBar team affectionately calls it, displays images and videos on a four-foot diameter spherical surface using persistence of vision (POV) spinning at 450 RPM. It had a constant crowd surrounding it and earned five ribbons at the faire: four Editor’s Choice ribbons and one Educator’s Choice ribbon. The Orbital Rendersphere started out as an idea for an entry into the 2013 Red Bull Creation Contest in April 2013. Red Bull … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Orbital Rendersphere

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: The Octoscroller

By Tara Stratton New York is one of the brightest places on Earth. Times Square is definitely a large factor, but now a new BeagleBone Black-based project—, the Octoscroller, —is adding to the glow. The Octoscroller, which you may have seen at Maker Faire New York a few weeks ago, is a project created by NYC Resistor’s Trammel Hudson and Matt Mets. The Octoscroller is a classic message alert polygon featuring eight 16×32 RGB LED matrix panels. It features LEDS at eight to 16 levels of brightness for each color (producing approximately 12-bit color). The userspace application renders images into … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: The Octoscroller

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Disorient Pyramid

By Tara Stratton When you think of Pyramids in the middle of the desert, you think of Egypt, —not Nevada. The Disorient Pyramid, which was on display at Burning Man 2013 this year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, is changing all that. This year at Burning Man, the Disorient Camp hosted a 23-foot tall pyramid with more than half a kilometer of LED strips. Several artists, including Disorient founder Leo Villareal and Fresno Idea Works’ Jacob Joaquin, designed patterns for the panel. Designs included the double helix of DNA, wiggling snakes and abstract patterns. The pyramid could be … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Disorient Pyramid