Cool Neon: Benny James: (video)

Entrepreneur Benny James runs Cool Neon, a Burning Man-inspired business supplying electroluminescent wire to artists and electronics makers. He has seen his business flourish as he enables costume makers, festival vehicle designers, and hobbyists to add bright light-up lines of color to their projects since 1999. At Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, they debuted their pixel wall– a total control lighting grid. We’ve been seeing EL wire in so many projects lately, it’s good to know folks like Benny are making it readily available and usable for makers.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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