(Photo by Flickr user Mitch Altman, used under a Creative Commons license)
Barrel of Makers is looking for people to help build what they’re calling a “Wall of Trippy RGBs” on Saturday.
This is the project for you if you’re skilled in — or curious about — electronics. (Chris Elliot is leading the project and can help beginners.) The idea was inspired by Mitch Altman’s Trippy RGB kits, which are individual colored lights arranged on a surface that change color when you wave your hand over them or pass by them.
Here’s a demo of how it works:
The wall — 3-by-3-foot square — will be put together from 10 sections and will be shown off at Hagley’s Maker Day on Feb. 20, said Barrel of Makers cofounder Jessi Taylor.
She said that Barrel of Makers has used Altman’s Trippy RGB kits in the past to help teach people how to solder.
On the event page, Elliot, the instructor, explains what the project entails. “This project is an exercise in modularity,” he wrote. “The actual display is made up of 13 identical modules, and the 14th controls everything. We will be building the 13 identical modules in preparation to integrate into the single piece display.”
Techniques that will be employed (or learned) include:
- Scavenging wires from cables.
- Lineman’s splice (a NASA-approved technique for splicing two solid wires together).
- Applying shrink-tube to wire splices.
- Point-to-point soldering on perf-board.
The event is from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Bancroft Room of the Wilmington Public Library.
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