There’s a new project building an Arduino compatible micro controller board, called Pinocco. Pinoccio aims to be wireless like the protagonist in the children’s novel Pinoccio. Unlike many other Arduino wannabes the Pinoccio maker try to go the whole mile: The hardware runs on LiPo battery for several days, they extend the board API in order to support easy mesh networking (you wan’t many of them!) and there will be even a message broker API for the board, a MQTT based web service to publish (sensor) data to the web with a RESTful API. The only downside is the price: Starting at 49$ (including battery), its not the cheapest Arduino-like micro controller. But IMHO, given that they engineering things right, its a fair price. I looked a bit deeper at the product, and these points convinced me this is going to be a great product:
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Last week I got a link from a friend of mine linking to the LightScythe project of Gavin Smith. I was immediately sold of it. I experimented already with long time exposure photography and additional, man-made, light, but I connected with some electronic hardware makes it even more fun. 🙂
By using a full programmable 2 meter LED stripe one can write something into the air while the camera is take the photography (the sensor is exposed). The LED stripe changes its pixel according to a predefined scheme while walking. The sensor get this very bright LED light which ends in showing it bright on the photography. This way you can write something frozen in air which looks very unreal, but not faked in any way!