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Modern Design: LED Multi Touch Interactive Bar Top

interactive Bar Top

It seems with the explosion of multi-touch tablets like the iPad, the next place where you might be seeing this sort of thing is in bars and clubs. Places that are looking to infuse some technology into their decor, or advertisers looking for more ways to put a message across would be the ones leading interactive bar top surfaces in the near future. There seems to be 3 main components in creating an interactive LED bar counter, the multi-touch surface, the multi-touch software, and the graphics that you’d want displayed. All of which are readily available today. You just need a company to put it all together. spinTouch is one such company making interactive light up bar top surfaces.

The great thing about the concept of adding interactive led bar lighting to the contertops is that it creates a dynamic bar area, perfect for night clubs. There is also the interaction of objects, how one drink is connect to another drink via pulsating lights. The graphics will unleash bar display ideas, pathing a way for advertisers, artists, or even DJs to interact with bar goers. The lights on the display could also be hooked into the sound system so that it syncs with the music being played, much like the DIY music visualizer we posted about before.

Here are a number of videos showing different interactive bar top ideas and designs:

The Valo Multi Touch Bar Table

The spinTouch Table

 

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L&L Lights and Music: The AudioBulb Sound System

Audio Bulb

GiiNii has come up with a unique solution to the overtly complex world of wireless sound systems. Their AudioBulb sound system can be set up in minutes. “AudioBulb requires no technical set-up, wires or custom installation.” – GiiNii. The AudioBulb is a simple concept, a light bulb that also acts as a speaker. All you need to do is screw these fixtures into any ordinary light socket, and then from a docking station you will be streaming music wirelessly in no time.

A Simple Wireless Music System

Music: This hassle free sound system can be used with iPods, iPhones and normal auxiliary input sources (so it can be used with other MP3 devices, laptops, home stereos, or even with TVs to create a wireless home theater sound system).

Light: The AudioBulb is an LED light bulb. Using only 5 watts of energy and rated to last up to 10 years, it is highly efficient. It matches the light output of a normal 60 watt incandescent light bulb.

Freedom in Speaker Design

A great thing about this unique concept is that the speakers are hidden around the room, whether they are in the ceiling or behind a lamp shade. They also won’t take up any extra space in a room. Because they can be used in an ordinary lamp socket, this allows you to create your own sound system based around any lamp design – from Ikea lamps to more high end ones.

Whole Home Sound System

With the AudioBulb you can set up a wide spread, wireless home sound system. You can use up to 8 AudioBulbs with one docking station. They can be placed all around the house, as far as 50-100 feet from the docking station. This allows for an easy way of adding speakers to an outdoor space if you already have light outlets outdoors.

In Control

The AudioBulb package comes with a docking station and a remote control. From these controls you can create two different zones – adjusting the lighting and music in two different areas of the house. There are also 4 light brightness settings that you have control over.

Price: 2 AudioBulbs and the docking station come as a package and is priced at $299.99. Additional AudioBulbs can be bought for $99 each. Available here from Amazon.

The AudioBulb Dock The AudioBulb Logo

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3D LED Lights Shows [Videos]

LED Visualizer 3D

A lot of people are tinkering with 3D LED light displays. A common DIY project is to create an LED cube – and since each LED can be separately programmed, the lights can be animated. Here are 3 videos that use LED lights to create three dimensional light displays. The first one is the most impressive, as not only does is it display graphics of a person dancing, zooming in and out, but does it to the beat of the music. The second video creates motion with lights, not through programming of individual LEDs, but through a mechanical base. Last is a video of a static 3D sculpture of a man.

Dancing 3D LED Lights Display

Mechanical Motion

3D Man Sculpture

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Cool Mood Lighting DIY: LED Music Visualizer

Music LED box

If you are up for a DIY lighting project and want to add some cool mood lighting to one of your rooms then check out this LED music lights tutorial. Motadacruz over at Instructables.com has created a tutorial on how to create a Music LED Light Box that reacts to music connected with a 3.5 headphone jack.

A video of the LED music visualizer in action

 

The tutorial can be found here.

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