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Lights and Music: The Digital Laser Harp

Laser Harp

“The laser harp is a musical instrument made of light”

You play the harp by breaking the laser beam with your hand, and you can even change the tone by sliding your hand up and down the beam. It took Steven Hobley 3 months to create his first laser harp and 3 days to create his latest version seen in the first few photos below. The parts for the laser harp cost between $400-500 – which included a Nintendo Wii Remote and an Arduino micro controller. These laser harps have made their way to the main stage with music performers like Little Boots and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Laser Harp Music

Laser Harp Music

Laser Harp Music

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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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