[EMS Discuss] Red Bull Creation Ideas

Tue Apr 9 13:41:35 PDT 2013

Ideas along these lines have the advantage that a member is already working on Arduino control of a laser light show
module.  However, the module is professional equipment and may already have a DMX interface.  Of course, he may or may
not care to lend it.  Greg?


> 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.
> Craig
> 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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