January 03, 2014

Making an electronic Phenakistoscope with Arduino

Motion pictures have existed for many years, and one early form of such entertainment was provided by what is known as a Phenakistoscope. This is an animation device that uses persistence-of-vision to create an effective illusion of an animation that (at the time of production in the mid 1800s) would be quite entertaining. 

This has been reproduced by a Spanish design house who have created a model that uses an Arduino to control the phenakistoscope's motor with a potentiometer for fine-tuning the speed control. A quick demonstration of this is shown in the following video:

Certainly something different, and an interesting look at past forms of entertainment systems. You can learn more about this from the designer's website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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