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This is part 4 of a ‘however many parts it takes’ series on an LED installation we’re doing for a nightclub on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Check out my previous installment, or go read the series.

At least the soldering job is looking more pro-quality.

At least the soldering job is looking more pro-quality.

There is something deeply motivating about soldering wires to a white board with hundreds of LED pixels while being serenaded by a variety of speed metal whose lead singer is best described as a deeply, deeply angry Cookie Monster. Expletives were shouted in the deafening roar of 300 beats per minute on the base drum; I think some of them were shouted by me, possibly telling someone to get a box of cookies for the damned Muppet. Read the rest of this entry »

This is part 3 of a ‘however many parts it takes’ series on an LED installation we’re doing for a nightclub on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Check out my previous installment, or go read the series.

A brief update for all of you, in case you were wondering. I’ve been busy with stuff. Blinky stuff.

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And yes, the cheap YouTube dubstep is so you don’t hear me saying things like “EFF YEAH”.

This is part 2 of a ‘however many parts it takes’ series on an LED installation we’re doing for a nightclub on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Check out my previous installment, or go read the series.

So, Caleb ordered 15 five-meter strips of APA102 IP67 sleeved LEDs. APA102’s are relatively new, and straddle the world of addressable LEDs, somewhere between the LPD8806 and the WS2812 in terms of utility and awesomeness. Curiously, they are available only in strips at this point (at least on AliExpress). One little problem with them: Caleb bought IP67 rated strips, which have a silicone sleeve surrounding it. Given the indoor nature of the installation, this sleeving was just going to be a nuisance.

Hey there, little fella.

APA102 freed from it’s IP67 prison. Hey there, little fella.

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This is part 1 of a ‘however many parts it takes’ series on an LED installation we’re doing for a nightclub on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Check out the series.

I freely admit that I have a soft spot for LED lights. Early in 2014 (during the dark months), my maker space had a light painting event, where people brought all manner of lights and long-exposure cameras to play with light in myriad ways. Never mind that it was storming outside. While the rain fell, we all hung out in the dark and played.

Gorgeous. Super jelly that I didn’t have a hand in building it. Photo Credit – Mike Solari

Then fellow Chimera hacker/maker/hustler Caleb got a project put together for Google making a gigantic cloud made of steel and lightbulbs, lit from within by color LED lightbulbs. Needless to say, I was crushed. Read the rest of this entry »

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