Optron
Optron
A light based electronic music controller/visualizer
 

How it works

LED Shop Light

The body of Optron is an electronically modified shop light fitted with a USB port, power port, wireless sensors, microprocessor, and supporting electronics

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Arduino Micro

The Optron brain

Receives serial data commands from computer

Communicates with RGB LED string

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Adafruit DotStar

144 individually addressable RGB LEDs replace the original shop light

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eMotion Sensors

Translate 15 different performance sensations and wirelessly transmit control data to computer

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Specifications

Hardware

  • Commercial LED shop light

  • Arduino Micro, serial communication input from computer

  • Adafruit DotStar 144 RGB LED array

  • eMotion Wireless Sensors

    • 9DOF 3axis each Accel, Gyro, Magnetometer

    • Long force-sensitive resistor

    • Long linear potentiometer

    • Sharp IR distance sensor

Software Overview

  • MaxMSP

    • Computer vision translates color and position of lights to controller data

    • Sends serial commands to Optron

  • eMotion Soft

    • Converts Optron sensor data into OSC messages to be used in MaxMSP

  • Arduino IDE firmware

    • Onboard subroutines convert serial commands from computer into control signals for RGB LED array