Craft & Design

Gebhard Sengmüller’s Very Slow Scan Television uses injected ink and bubble wrap to recreates the scanning of CRT displays … very … slowly –

Very Slow Scan Television (VSSTV) is a new television format that we have developed building upon Slow Scan Television (SSTV), an image transmission system used by Ham Radio amateurs. VSSTV uses broadcasts from this historic public domain television system and regular bubble wrap to construct an analogous system: Just as a Cathode Ray Tube mixes the three primary colors to create various hues, VSSTV utilizes a plotter-like machine to fill the individual bubbles with one of the three primary CRT colors, turning them into pixels on the VSSTV “screen”. Large television images with a frame rate of one per day are the result, images that take the idea of slow scan to the extreme.

More images & info can be found on Gebhard’s site. [Thanks, Zack!]

10 thoughts on “Ink injection plotter draws video @ 1 frame per day

      1. I really like it! It’s is a neat idea and looks to be brilliantly executed. The machine looks very well built and seems to work well. I am surprised anyone reading Make has to ask ‘what’s the purpose’.

  1. Reminds me of the old joke about playing “Pong by Mail”: “Ball at x48, y12, moving NE. How much do you move your paddle?”

  2. “to fill the bubbles with one of the three primary CRT colors”
    …yellow magenta or cyan then….
    why make it so slow?

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