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Aug. 28th, 2015

09:45 am - In which I brag about my clever partner

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Dr Wheel's pretty awesome in many many ways. Sometimes I number them, so here's #462: Tensegrity.

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(photo by James Myers)

This is his second interactive LED artwork. The first was a hemisphere of LEDs that you sat inside and controlled the speed of a plasma pattern. This one is a little more ambitious, and is a 4m high rotating cylinder with LED strips running generative patterns on three layers of helical struts, which when spinning, creates 3-D patterns in space. The speed it spins is controlled by a stationary exercise bike. He built it with a couple of friends (Hi Patrick and Felicia!) this summer for Kiwiburn, and added the bike this winter with the help of my brother grist, under the name of Improbable Construction.

It's on display at the moment at Wellington's LUX festival, a festival of light art that is held at the end of winter. What nobody anticipated was how popular this would be with children! Dr Wheel is getting so many compliments about his art, it's awesome. He even got on our national news site!.

#463 is the way he's not getting a headswell from everyone telling him how clever he is all the time. <3

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From:sight
Date:August 27th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Whoa whoa, that is amazing. I wish you had a video of it!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
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We do, but it's a bit crappy because it only shows one of the patterns. It's from the first test run with the bike:

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From:sight
Date:August 27th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Whoa, that is still really cool. Haha.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I like the non-strobe effects better - hopefully I'll get a good vid over the weekend and post it.
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From:fbhjr
Date:August 28th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
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VERY COOL!
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From:richaarde
Date:August 28th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
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Excellent!

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From:meathiel
Date:August 28th, 2015 07:11 am (UTC)
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Wow - that's cool.
Is there a vid to show what it looks like?

Edit: Okay, I should've read the comments first ... ;-)

Edited at 2015-08-28 07:12 am (UTC)
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From:kotturinn
Date:August 28th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
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//Jaw drops.

WOW!
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From:goffburd
Date:August 31st, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Blimey, that's rather excellent. What a creative couple you both are!
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