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Curious by nature, I love all things digital and emerging technologies… and this is definately one to watch out for. Introducing Pixelstick - Light painting evolved, a kickstarter iniatiave.
How does it work? The device reads digital images created in Photoshop (or any other editor) and displays them one line at a time through an array of 198 full-color RGB LEDs. The images can be any height up to 198 pixels tall and many thousands of pixels wide creating huge possibilities for visual effects.
Where did it come from? Pixelstick began as a proof of concept using an arduino and some off the shelf LED strips. It moved quickly into custom LED circuit boards, a more powerful ARM microcontroller and a sturdier design made of lightweight aluminum rather than plastic tubing. With the ability to control the density of the LED count while at the same time refining the custom aluminum extrusion, the current version of pixelstick began to take shape.
Early controller prototypes were bare circuit boards, followed by a rather quaint wooden handbox (which we still quite like), and eventually on to higher and higher fidelity 3d printed enclosures. Each iteration performed better and was tweaked as we logged more hours with the pixelstick.
What next? We are investigating its usability in our THERE studio's own image making. It's one small step-forward for pixel imagery, one huge unique leap-forward for image creators.