PetaPixel

Wave this Programmable “Light Saber” to Light Paint Words and Images

Gavin of Sydney, Australia created an awesome 2-meter long programmable staff that makes painting giant words and images as easy as waving/walking the staff around during a long-exposure photograph. The staff, which he call the LightScythe (we would have called it the “Lightsaber”), was inspired by the Wi-Fi light painting project we shared here earlier this year.

The hardware is pretty simple. There’s a 2m programmable LED strip inside an acrylic tube, which is controlled from a small receiver and battery pack. A laptop PC with a wireless Xbee link sends the image data to the scythe at a specified time. [#]


The best part about this project is that everything — the hardware and the software — is open source, allowing anyone with enough technical know-how to make their own. If that’s you, head on over to the project’s page to get started!

LightScythe (via DIYPhotography.net)


Image credits: Photographs by Gavin and used with permission


 
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  • Dannynoonan82

    Sort of takes the art out of it…

  • Dannynoonan82

    Sort of takes the art out of it…

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t just take the picture and add this in post? sure is A LOT cheaper and can look the same

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t just take the picture and add this in post? sure is A LOT cheaper and can look the same

  • http://twitter.com/bycostello chris costello

    i think its really cool…

  • Anonymous

    Programming needs skills… and one also needs to know the appropriate speed  of waving/walking in order for the images to appear as they are supposed to.

    This is cool.

  • Anonymous

    Programming needs skills… and one also needs to know the appropriate speed  of waving/walking in order for the images to appear as they are supposed to.

    This is cool.