December 24, 2013

Create Arduino-powered Tunnel Book art

Design and art student Billy Ryu has been experimenting with the Arduino platform and used the hardware to help with his work. One example of this is the creation of a "tunnel book", which consists of several scenes from a story which are illustrated and have LEDs behind certain elements of each scene.

Once activated by the reader, the LEDs illuminate in order as the story progresses - which adds a layer of realism to the story, especially when read to children or small groups. An example of this is shown in the following video:

The hardware is quite simple, and is explained in the following page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're looking to make more creative designs with LEDs, consider the Freetronics RGBLED: full colour module. It includes a bright RGB LED on the top of the board and a WS2801 constant-current, addressable, multi-channel LED driver on the back. This smart module can be daisy-chained, so you can connect a number of these together in a string and drive each of the module colours individually from your microcontroller. For more information and to order, visit the product page.

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