Inspiration - It all started back in Art History when our teacher Mrs. Blair introduced my partner Edward and me to the vivid imagery in the world around us. We decided we would like to share this random chaotic form of nature in what can be a aesthetically pleasing clock or a pumping electronic screen for a rave.
What it does - It's multifunctional in that it can serve as a clock or as a "painted" screen constantly changing, flooding the room with warm and bright to dim and cold colors, illuminating the world around it.
How we built it - Starting from scratch, we assembled a very eco - friendly design with recyclable cardboard, recyclable table cloth, and a bluetooth low energy system with power efficient LED's. The diamond pattern seen on the display when lit up was hand carved with a box cutter. The LED's were carefully integrated into the cardboard by wrapping around to form the circle base for the clock style design. A semi-translucent white table cloth was wrapped around to refract the light creating a brightly lit diamond design. Arduino and Android Studio were used to make an app for the LED Display to control the clock like faces.
Challenges we ran into - Bluetooth Low Energy proved to be the most frustrating of challenges as sending information back and forth and trying to send multiple strands at different time intervals proved to be extremely difficult. The hardware design for the LED Strip used to power it without over or under powering while also being extremely fast and stable without random flickering took much trial and error.
Accomplishments that we're proud of - Making this Design and just watching the lights fade in and out, spin and move in all directions was one of the most satisfying experiences for us.
What we learned - We learned to not use Bluetooth Low Energy next time as it proves to be somewhat unreliable and generally difficult to properly use.
What's next for LEDisplay - We would like to improve the patterns and have it sync with music to flash with the beat and also use a 3D printer instead of cut out cardboard.