[EMS Discuss] Red Bull Creation Ideas

Tue Apr 9 12:50:17 PDT 2013

The video mentions a DMX output, which would allow us to run 
theatrical/concert style lighting.  Most interesting is intelligent 
lighting, meaning light fixtures with moving heads, changing colors, 
gobos, etc.  These are expensive lighting fixtures, but they can be 
rented or probably even borrowed.  Off the shelf lighting isn't a cool 
as home made, but could be used as a component of something cool.

How about a huge pong game?  I'm thinking about a motion controlled 
spotlight from a building, bridge, or top of a grandstand at a football 
field.  On the ground are two people or teams with physical paddles they 
move to try to bounce the light back and forth.  Since the paddles would 
only move in one dimension, we could do something as simple putting 
wheels on the bottom and counting revolutions to get the position 
feedback.  The spotlight can change colors or even the lighting pattern 
in case of a miss.  To make use of the RGB drivers on the Red Bull 
board, there could be LED strips on the top of the paddles that interact 
with the ball, along with a 7 segment display on each paddle for showing 
the score.  I have a little PA system for all the sound effects, and the 
included Red Bull MP3 on the board might be appropriate as the 
background music. It would be big, relatively simple, fun to play, and 
look cool at night.


On 4/9/2013 12:12 PM, Scott wrote:
> I like the side of the building thing for public display.
> Could we make an air based display - reader board.  Think of tweeter feed?  Small version of Fremont street?
> Having a way for spectators to to ... Tweet, change design, ...  Predict/post score at a duck (baseball) game. (Might help from a funding manner?)
> If we are thinking big.
> That or find some other event who we can pimp/use for mutual benefit on publicity end.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Apr 8, 2013, at 9:59 PM, Bob Miller <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> In last year's contest, the judges definitely preferred
>> high-testosterone entries.  How about something involving extreme
>> sports or weapons?
>> Road luge lighting?
>> Laser cannons (or other death rays)?
>> Some variant on laser tag?
>> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> What about a long walkway in a dark area lit up with many lights all in a
>>> row.  I'm imagining lights all illuminating the path from above.  The catch
>>> is, as soon as you step into the path it goes dark and it only lights up
>>> behind you as you move forward instead of in front of you.  Mocking you.
>>> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM, Benjamin Hallert <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>>> Screen-less DDR pad that signals which squares you'll need to dance on
>>>> ahead of time with light.  Pad illuminates when you need to step on square
>>>> but also has some sort of pre-step warning light per square etc.
>>>>>>>> Sent from Mailbox for iPhone
>>>> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM, Benjamin Hallert <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>>>> Idea:
>>>>> Big articulated arm that attaches to a lamp post and folds up when
>>>>> inactive.  At night: When someone gets near, it unfolds, shines a spotlight
>>>>> at their feet to light the way and shouts encouragement to them.  "You can
>>>>> do it!"  "No need to slip and fall today!"  "Watch your step, drunky!  Just
>>>>> kidding; my circuits cannot reliably determine your current level of
>>>>> drunkennes", etc.  I envision something kinda like GladOS from Portal almost
>>>>> except 60% less homicidal.   Arduino as interface to hardware like motion
>>>>> detectors, maybe camera based person tracking using Raspberry pi.
>>>>>>>>>> Sent from Mailbox for iPhone
>>>>> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Well I got at least 5 responses back saying people wanted to be a part
>>>>>> of this.  I figured we could start brainstorming ideas.  That way if we do
>>>>>> get picked to participate in the qualifier we will already be a few steps
>>>>>> ahead.
>>>>>> Here are the main things we will want to think about:
>>>>>> 1. We must use interactive lighting to create something awesome.
>>>>>> 2. We get bonus points for creatively displaying our creation in a
>>>>>> public space.
>>>>>> 3. We have to include their Red Bull circuit board somehow.
>>>>>>           a. The board is Arduino Compatible
>>>>>>           b. The board contains a tri-axis accelerometer and a
>>>>>> temperature control sensor. Maybe more?
>>>>>> 4. We can use whatever other hardware we want.
>>>>>> Right off the top of my head I've had a few really basic ideas that have
>>>>>> been getting my creative juices flowing:
>>>>>> Lighting: LED strips? LEDs, lasers, projector, halogen bulbs?
>>>>>> Display: Mount to a huge tethered weather balloon high over Eugene? Hang
>>>>>> or temporarily mount to a bridge in town?  We know some pilots... can we
>>>>>> somehow display it from a plane in flight?  Project onto the side of a
>>>>>> building?
>>>>>> What other crazy ideas can we come up with, keeping in mind all the
>>>>>> guidelines above?
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