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Led Art Fan-1
Think geek has a really neat LED fan which you can put your own images on -

5MB of Storage holds 128 individual pictures
85 diameter pixel resolution
Chrome Art-Deco style
Supports Windows 98, 2000 and Windows XP
Requires an available serial port
Programmable with IR transmitter (included)

ThinkGeek :: LED Art Fan – Link.

It’s $389.99 – so you might want to consider some DIY solutions if that’s out of your range…

Spinin’ LEDin’ for POVin’ (one color):
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MiniPOV – Link.

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SpokePOV Kit – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. rwo says:

    It seems to me the hard part is the rotating connector that allows you to control that many led’s without the wires getting all tangled up. Any suggestions for how to DIY that bit of this thing?

  2. Tek465m says:

    Slip rings come to mind, but I wouldn’t want to control the led directly with that. (Too many mechanical problems.)

    Use three slip rings (PWR, TX, GND) and use a uC to control the leds.

    Like this site:

    Virtual Game System – A game console with a mechanically scanned display.

  3. o-tang says:

    I would use a “IR link”, that is: a LED and a phototransistor. Should be pretty straightforward, wouldn’t have to be IR either, although some other color than those used in the PoV of course and the photoresistor should only detect the “data-link-LED” so IR is probably easiest :)

  4. Lemmingski says:

    I’d like to see this concept adapted to a ceiling fan, with allowances in the software for different speed and diameter fans. :D Would make great bedtime viewing… even if all it was used for was animated sheep jumping a fence.