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I was stunned to see the MonkeyLectric folks’ new persistence of vision (POV) bike-wheel video display at Maker Faire, and to see how far they’ve… er… driven this tech since the last time I saw it. The video does a good job of showing off all that it can now do. Dan Goldwater adds:

I didn’t say it in the video, but this is cutting-edge tech! The notorious ‘pimpstar’ car wheels only do static images, not video. They also appear to have much worse color depth – their video shows only 8 colors while we have 4096 – this was a significant technical hurdle in POV and i have not seen any other POV system anywhere with more than 8 colors (or with full video).

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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