Meet Pixelstick — The next generation of Light Painting from Bitbanger Labs
It was only last year when Brooklyn based Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan from Bitbanger Labs had blasted off their Kickstarter goal on a project called Remee which made us rethink the entire ideology behind “Lucid Dreaming”. Now, with just a year in between, these super-creative fellows have come back with a bang with the notion of bringing a new outlook to a concept that dates back to Georges Demeny’s “Pathological Walk From in Front”, the first known light-painting photograph. They wish to make light painting come out from the age old limitations of long-exposure photos and timelapse and be a more surreal experience with the addition of abstract design and animations. Enter Pixelstick – the magic wand that could make you the next best light painter in this world!
Light Painting evolved!
Over 419% funded on Kickstarter with 23 more days to go, you can surely imagine the level of popularity Pixelstick has already gained amongst its’ backers. A 6’ bar comprising of 198 full color RGB LEDs within an Aluminium housing, this fancy gadget stick can not only read images from most of the image editors available out there like Photoshop, but also make you travel through the world of abstract photorealistic art where you can see your imaginations take a live shape. Their Kickstarter page reads, “Pixelstick can increment through a series of images over multiple exposures, opening up light painting to the world of timelapse, and allowing for animations the likes of which have never before seen”. BINGO! Just imagine, with Pixelstick your Christmas party could be so full of abstract light patterns and that too, without the headache of handling any kind of electricity setup. This is spellbinding!
Talking about the brain of this giant magicstick, it’s a small mounted box which displays images one line at a time after reading them from an SD card. Each LED stands for one pixel of the image. So, if we calculate it right, then the images can be ranged from 1 to 198 pixels tall and infinitely wide. The team has also made sure that you get the opportunity of spinning Pixelstick freely with a perpendicular handle inside a secondary Aluminium sleeve. For smooth operation, all you need to feed this device with are 8 AA batteries and you’ll be all set to experience the magic of a lifetime!
Pixelstick’s ethereal abstract ribbons are a big hit
The inauguratory video shows you the massive possibilities of creation you can hope to design with Pixelstick from GIF images to light waves in motion to displaying all your edited pictures on the go to what not. When asked about some of the coolest designs they got through Pixelstick by the Mashable team, Duncan Frazier said, “The coolest stuff we’ve gotten are these ethereal, abstract ribbons. We’re waving lots of colors and gradients around to create these organic designs that are so unique, it’d be almost impossible to get them twice.”
That’s it. You neither need to be an expert in abstract art nor are you required to be as great as the light painters already out there. All you need to do is get on with some of your best B/W apparels (You don’t want to appear in the frame too, do you?) and step on the street with Pixelstick in hand, the most recent Gadget that could bring a smile on the faces of your Photographer friends anytime, anywhere. Happy Gadgeting!