Programmable RGB LED Orb Tool for Light Painting Photography

You know what you get when you cross programming and photography? Kick bottoms light painting. A year ago today we featured Michael Ross’s (a.k.a. TxPilot) Digital Light Wand. It is a wonderful Arduino based tool that creates pictures in mid air.

Well, Michael is at it again. Yesterday Michael released his tutorial for a programmable Orb. (click here if you need an orb primer).

Similarly to the wand, the Programmable LED Orb Tool (o.k. you are PLOT from now on)… so similarly to the wand, the PLOT takes any bitmap or jpg image and converts it to a pattern that Arduino can understand. The method of using a jpeg to create the light pattern is just too awesome to be true and allows the creation of wonderful photographs.

After the Rain

The nice thing about it is that once you download the PC side software you don’t need any programming skills to load the Arduino. On the flip side, you need to know the spin speed to create accurate paintings.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

My question is who will give this project speed sensing so it can make accurate pictures on without knowing the spin speed.

Here are some images of the PLOT and of the software used to mount the images.

[Programmable RGB LED Orb Tool Tutorial]