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Feb. 10, 2016 10:38 am

Help Barrel of Makers make a ‘Wall of Trippy RGBs’

The installation will be featured at Hagley's Maker Day event.
Some of Mitch Altman’s Trippy RGB lights.

Some of Mitch Altman's Trippy RGB lights.

(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.

Create our Giant Trippy RGB

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016, 2:00 PM

Wilmington Public Library
10 E 10th St Wilmington, DE

6 makers Attending

This project started with the Trippy RGB kits created by Mitch Altman. We’ve used this kit to teach people of all ages how to solder.Plus, we’ve actually displayed several of  them together as an installation in a gallery show (above). This kit is no longer available, but we are inviting you to help us make something even cooler: a 3 ft x 3ft ver…

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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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