Remembering 1-31-07

Craft & Design Home
Remembering 1-31-07

 376236399 A5636E8579 O
Last year around this time of the morning I was getting calls and emails from people asking “why did MAKE put LED sculptures all over Boston??? CNN says you did!!” it turned out that we (MAKE) had written about LED art projects on MAKE and when CNN Googled (or Ask Jeeves’d) they assumed it was us. It wasn’t, and eventually the city of Boston was shut down because of an advertising campaign which used LED panels that looked like the cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I’ve rounded up all the coverage from last year here – it’s interesting to read the comments and questions brought up. Some say the reaction wasn’t appropriate, some were surprised how anyone could have thought the simple project could have been considered so dangerous – others wanted to give the guys who did this the death penalty (or worse). Post your thoughts in the comments.

One year later– Today we have MAKE NYC meeting and I’m building a kit from Evil Mad Scientists, an LED panel that will be displayed in my office. I think this date for many people represents a chance to show that electronics can be art, not something to be feared or immediately considered a “hoax device” – it’s up to us to show how great electronics can be and be responsible.

 376278295 72Cf6Be684 B
Boston Mooninite story as it happened last year on MAKE – Link.

 Img M640
 Archive 1170264021 1966
Aqua Teen Hunger Force shuts down Boston – Link.

Mooninite-inspired LED projects – Link.

 Blog Electrictank
HOW TO – Make a LED T-shirt – Link.

Pocket Ignignokt – Make your own Mooninites – Link.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

current: @adafruit - previous: MAKE, popular science, hackaday, engadget, fallon, braincraft ... howtoons, 2600...

View more articles by Phillip Torrone


Ready to dive into the realm of hands-on innovation? This collection serves as your passport to an exhilarating journey of cutting-edge tinkering and technological marvels, encompassing 15 indispensable books tailored for budding creators.