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