I started this project after seeing a Jim Campbell peice at the San Jose Museum of Art. It was called "Wave Modulation" and from the front looks like a video of out of focus, slowly rolling waves. When I walked up next to it and looked at the back I found that it was not a video device but an array of 32 x 48 light blue LEDs slowly dimming and brightening to create the effect of waves.
I really liked it and after I first saw it in the Fall of 2006, I started to think of ways that I could build something similar. I didn't want to do exactly the same thing, but I was impressed and messmerized by how smoothly the LEDs faded in and out. All the LED displays I'd seen previously were harsh red pinpoints of lights and each LED was either on or off.
I decided to try making a similar display, but include a cluster of red, green and blue LEDs at each point so that I could create different colors. I didn't know exactly what I'd use it for, but I knew I didn't want it tethered to a computer, so it would not only run its own software but be wireless. Finally, the LEDs needed to not look like LEDs so I wanted to put them behind the same foggy glass/plexiglass that Wave Modulations used.
I started this blog after a significant amount of work on this project after I realized that I needed to organize my thoughts and what I've been doing. Because of this most of the initial entries will be approximately dated and in the past tense while I catch everything up to now.