Friday, October 21, 2011

Palantir Anyone? - Sphere Made Of LED's

I think I found my next electronics build!  Behold this awesome mesmerizing light sphere made out of LED's!  Nikolai Nikitin created this "Magic Ball" and put all the diagrams and schematics up on his blog, here.  His site is originally in Russian but chrome browser/google translate does a good job deciphering it for us non Russian speakers.  It's a pretty amazing build, and gorgeous to look at!  Check out the video below:

The sphere is just so darn pretty to watch as it cycles through its patterns and sequences.  One thing I'd like to try with my version is to make a sphere mold and place the project in the center then fill the mold up with some clear or translucent resin, safe for electronics, and encase the entire, with a seperate resin plug for the on/off and battery changing.  

A Palantir !
I think translucent colors, or those colors swirled together, would be the way to go to mute the direct light flashes of the LED's, something akin to the palantir in the Lord of the Rings movies.  I suppose you could make or find an acrylic "hamster" like ball and put it in "loose" or secure it rather than go with a full resin fill.  Either way this is a great build and the ideas are flowing!  Hopefully there is no "Dark Lord" on the other end!

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!


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