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Submission + - Affordable, High-End, Audio-Responsive, Hackable LED Light (saikoled.com)

Gibbs-Duhem writes: SaikoLED is a little company in the US that after 5 years of engineering, feedback, and installation experience is launching a pretty awesome open source and open hardware audio-responsive RGB+W Arduino-based LED light for a starting price of $79. The light is being launched using a new crowdfunding platform, also launched today, called Crowd Supply where you can donate now if you like.

There is a wide variety of really neat stuff in the technical blog which is also being used as a repository for general Arduino and LED Lighting know-how. Some examples which generally include both media and code are autonomous audio responsive mode, a deriviation for how to convert from HSI colorspace to RGB+W optimally, how to get 4 channels of 16-bit PWM on any ATmega32u4 based device (including Arduino Leonardo), a color changing surface that can be used as either a beautiful table for artwork or as a neuroscience tool to study the function of flicker phosphenes in generating geometric hallucinations, how to get arbitrary color correction functions using HSI colorspace, cool shades that make neat patterns on walls, and a start to extensive documentation about how the device works from a low level to a high level. On top of it all, they plan to run events like the myki Challenge and donate a portion of their lights to schools and hackerspaces if they get funded.


Submission + - Sound Responsive High Power LED Array (saikoled.com)

Gibbs-Duhem writes: "This video shows operation of a neat project using some new digital analysis chips to produce hacker-friendly sound-responsive LED modules similar to old color organs, but much smaller, easier to set up, and modular. As usual, the boards are open-hardware, and both eagle schematics and board layouts are available on the website. The artist is constructing a 10x10 array using a Kickstarter Project, which will put out 25,000 lumens of light for a display at Burning Man. This work is from the same artist who previously built wifi LED lighting for some pretty cool installations around the country and lights with ultra-high CRI and added ultraviolet LEDs for use with artwork display."

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