Illuminated Boat Responds when Tilted

Arduino Craft & Design
Illuminated Boat Responds when Tilted

ITP student Tak Cheung casted this boat hull from fiberglass and epoxy resin and embedded a tilt responsive LED matrix within it. From his site:

This project visualizes the dynamic movement of water through a grid of LEDs and translates the amplitude of sound into simulated gusts of wind. A LED matrix is connected to an accelerometer to detect a level datum in the hopes of simulating a boat floating in water. It is attached to a rounded base with embedded earth magnets that is pulled by electromagnets. These magnets are controlled by 4 mic sensors measuring the amplitude of sound. In a sense it’s a boat traveling in a sea of light, propelled by the amplitude of sound.


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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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