The Listening Tree: A Holiday Tree Whose Colored Lights Respond to Sound

Wintertree from Limbic Media on Vimeo. Winter: it’s dark. So, it’s no coincidence that holiday traditions from Christian to Jewish to Pagan to … uh, New Year’s … celebrate light. And it’s fun watching in this video the delight as colored lights respond to sound – not in the endlessly-playing annoying-Christmas-tune way, but in the “you can sing to a tree and it’ll light up” way. Limbic Media writes CDM with this project they did in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) commissioned Limbic Media to design an audio reactive tree for the holiday season using …

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Arcade Buttons and Gyroscope: New Midi Fighter 3D from DJ Tech Tools

Building on the original Midi Fighter, a 4×4 array of arcade push-buttons, the Midi Fighter 3D adds interactive, light-up color feedback and gyroscope-powered motion sensing. The work of electronic music site DJ Tech Tools, it’s an impressive-looking piece of work. But if you’re not interested in the “3D” sensing, don’t overlook the clever color feedback and bank shifting, which could prove as much of a draw. The Midi Fighter 3D, announced today, will ship in April at US$249. There are now orders yet, but there is a preorder list. DJ Tech Tools is pushing the 3D orientation functionality. In a …

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Stribe, DIY LED Touch Interface, Slims Down to Compact $79.99 Kit

Stribe1: Touchstrip + LED Bargraph Display from CuriousInventor on Vimeo. The Stribe, created by DIYer Josh Boughey, was always an interesting concept. It combines a set of touch sensors with strips of LEDs for visual feedback. But partly because of the nature of the problem, and partly because of how it was designed, the original Stribe was something of a beast, both in size and underlying hardware complexity (meaning, too, cost). I see via the rapid-fire feed at Synthtopia that Josh has revised that design to a set of just two columns of (stereo-style) LEDs. The result: the design is …

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Monome: Open Source Hardware Means Hacking Whatever You Want

What good is open source hardware? How about hacking in additional functionality by adjusting the code and electronics? The creators of Monome have a new video demonstrating some of the possibilities for user modifications to their hardware project. Included: Optical encoders allow additional multi-touch interactions, for a game of Life (the grid-based life simulation of yore) Two knobs make the world’s most expensive Etch-a-Sketch An accelerometer let you tilt and shake the controller while using it, with full LED feedback (my personal favorite) Monome documentation of process and prototypingVia Open-source grid controller – the monome (video)”, Make:blog The software side …

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