Next-gen POV bike-wheel display tech

Bikes Fun & Games

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).

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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