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By Brian Neltner
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Summary

This kickstarter project is intended to let us build a sound responsive wall for Burning Man 2012, a 10x10 module monster which will have over 25,000 lumens of light output. This is going to be an art project at Camp KAOS in the Boston Hive, so we want to make sure we really step up to the plate and bring some awesome interactive art!

Any donations we receive past what we need to make 100 lights will go towards making more lights to expand our own array, do installations, and (of course) to provide you awesome people with lights to make your own arrays, so please don't hesitate to donate beyond the target goal! We want to see these everywhere!

Back Story

I've loved sound responsive light shows since I was a freshman at MIT, living in a room where an elaborate software program running on a computer would analyze music in order to turn on and off circuits in the room. Light shows are really fun, and add a lot to a music performance. However, they are usually very complicated and hard to set up.

To make this easier, instead of using a computer to analyze music, we put all of the music analysis functionality in hardware on our lights. Instead of having a complex communications system with wires running everywhere, we made it so that each light has its own microphone.

The result is a simple, modular, autonomous system based on the color organs of the past except using digital electronics and ultra bright LEDs, easily expandable into arrays of arbitrary size and shape. With an array like this, you could visualize sound moving across the wall, or in a music venue it could be a visualizer that would respond to a band or DJ completely automatically!

How does it work?

Even kids love it :-D

Logistical Stuff

The design is essentially completed, and I have quotes in hand for manufacturing. My expectation is that this will result in a delivery date near the end of 2012, obviously with the first batch done in time for the display at Burning Man 2012 in September. However, my goal is to finish this process sooner if possible, and I more commonly finish projects ahead of schedule than behind.

We will either send you a light used on the playa, or send you a new one depending on how many we are able to end up making.

We've built a prototype that worked extremely well in our test installation, and are confident that the next version will work even better. And to make that happen, we need your help! Without your support, we simply can't make this project happen!

Thank you for your support!

Note: If you are not in the US, please add $10 to your donation to account for shipping. Thanks!

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    Receive a digital high resolution image of the project at Burning Man 2012!

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    Early supporter special donation level, since we really appreciate you gals and guys going out on a limb for us! Get a guaranteed playa dust encrusted Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlight! You will also be listed on our website as an Associate member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get a Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlight, either from the playa or new. 250 Lumens of RGB automatic audio responsive goodness! You will also have your name listed on our website as an Associate member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get a set of three Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlights! You will also have your name listed on our website as an Patron member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get a complete set of 10 Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlights! You will also have your name listed on our website as a Fellow member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get 28 Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlights! You will also have your name listed on our website as an Ambassador member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get 58 Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlights, with cases anodized in the color of your choosing! You will also have your name listed on our website as a Benefactor member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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    Get 121 Saiko Audio Responsive Moonlights, with cases anodized in the color of your choosing! You will also have your name listed on our website as a Visionary member of the SaikoLED funding organization.

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