blnk: Solar Ping Pong Ball Dot Matrix Display

The right perspective is necessary to read the message. Blink, don’t blink.

My latest experiment with dot matrix light installations. It’s much simpler than Shadow Meadow and Fireflies. I am working with only two layers of dots instead of a random number of layers. Thus i don’t need to calculate reverse 3D projection.

The pixels of the 5×3 dot matrix type are arranged in two layers on a grid. Thus they are only readable from a position in front of them. Viewed from other position looks like random arranged light dots of a led chain.

Thanks to the solar led chain blnk can be placed anywhere. It charges by day and glows by night.






Parts:
Solar LED chain (20 €)
Metal grid (5 €)
Ping pong balls (12 €)

 

Thanks to:
Instructable Ping Pong Ball Lights
Wikipedia 3D Projection

Shadow Meadow Variations

These are 3D simulations and 3D prints of my “Shadow Meadow” concept. Dot matrix type generated by apparently random arranged light dots and obstacles casting shadows.

Fireflies (IKEA Allsang solar lights)
WebGL / X3DOM simulation (requires latest Chrome or Firefox 4)



 

Shadow Meadow
WebGL / X3DOM simulation (requires latest Chrome or Firefox 4)


 

Shadow Meadow 3D printed by Shapeways (OK)