Logo Glowego is an interactive LED sculpture developed for Source 2012. (SOURCE is Maui’s largest annual multi-media arts, music and healing festival held at beautiful Camp Keanae on the wild tropical coast of Maui, Hawaii.)
It started innocently enough with the idea of decking out the old Source rebar logo sculpture with LED strip tape. It wound up using 7 arduinos, 12 meters of LED strip (at $30/meter!), a TFT Display, wind direction/speed sensors, IR distance sensors, temperature/humidity/barometric pressure sensors, etc., etc., etc.
I just finished the documentation (first round) over on the Maui Makers Wiki Additonally a Flickr Set is available documenting the build and a GIT repository has been established at GitHub to hold the software for Logo-Glowego.
This project was as much about the end product as it was a journey through learning complex arduino/maker projects. I have evangelized for years about the Arduino platform. However aside from working through the Oomlaut ARDX examples, being a user of products such as Makerbot/Eggbot, I had not built a complete Arduino based project. I had talked about building a network of wireless weather stations based on the arduino and Xbee RF modems. I felt it was time to “Shut Up and Make Something”
The requirements were that it outline the structure in RGB LED tape, be interactive, use only microcontrollers (no PCs) and be able to handle the environment of the Source Festival – Camp Ke’anae Maui in February. The festival has earned the nickname Soggy Man (a play on the its inspiration, the famous Burning Man) for the heavy rains and mud that often accompany the event. 2012 lived up to its reputation with the wettest and windiest weather in memory of the camp staff.
For more information, check out the wiki docs, and especially the Enhancements. If you want to help develop some, I plan to install the rig at our Pu’unene container.
Here’s the flickr set: