Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SoundPuddle, now also on KickStarter

Some of you might already heard of SoundPuddle. The SoundPuddle is an interactive space of visual-acoustic synesthesia. This spectrographically colorful dome creates color and light from sound, illuminating every noise you make on an immersive canopy of light. You will laugh, shout, and sing as thousands of solar powered LEDs unify your ears and eyes.

This unique art piece was first created for the Apogaea Festival -- a collaborative outdoor arts and music event that is held in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.Its primary structure is 24 foot (7.25m) wide dome - large enough to fit a band and their gear, yet small enough for a single person to play and explore. 

At SoundPuddle heart is a Papilio One 500 FPGA, running ZPUino and performing real-time signal analysis, using 10 SPI controllers to handle the almost 1700 RGB led present. All this was possible due to close collaboration between John English, the project head, Jack Gassett, from Gadget Factory, and myself. The display at Apogaea was very successful, and a lot of positive feedback was received.

The project wants to grow, and for that it needs more funding. A Kickstarter project just started for this same reason:

You can find general information about the project at the website.

Again, a fantastic project, based on ZPUino, and with a lot of room for improvements! If you like the project, consider donating - we never know if SoundPuddle will someday be near you, so you can enjoy it too.


UPDATE: check also the Photo Stream!.. Some nice stuff there to see.

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