Last month at New York Maker’s Faire, Rob Stephens displayed his popular programmable RGB/LED sparkleballs, pixelballs. But the surprise hit was his sparkleball hat. So many people asked to try it on, that Rob had to take photos. Mark Mathias was there and with Rob’s help, carried the idea to his church’s youth group, who made pixel and battery-pack sparkleball hats for Halloween.
Check out Rob’s website and his photo collection of “Sparkle Heads.” Rob’s also working on easy instructions for programmable LED sparkleballs.
I bought these icicle lights online from Home Depot to try and make a star-shaped sparkleball in honor of Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights. It turned out pretty cool. The icicles poke out from the cups and make star points. Bonus, they’re programmed LEDs with great color-changing effects. (see video) I only wish there were more lights. The set only comes with 12.
Happy Diwali to Antzy, who shared his Diwali sparkleball from India and introduced me to this beautiful holiday.
Rob Stephens (aka Sparkleball Jones) supercharges his sparkleballs with electronic whizbangery. Each RGB LED light is programed individually, using a micro-controller for coded sequencing. The result turns a basic sparkleball into a minilight aurora borealis. At Maker Faire (Bay Area) this past weekend, Rob had thousands of visitors to his booth who were wowed by the light show. Below, check out Sparkleball Jones videos and videos of other electronic sparkleballs from the past.
Black sparkleball from Carl Boro made with new Party City black plastic cups. Lights are cool white LED. Cups joined with silicon caulk. Below, see it contrasted with the ball he made from Party City’s white (not clear) cups. Another great Halloween option!