Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

Re: [Icehouse] Volcano preference question

  • FromSubhan Tindall <subhan.michael@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 26 Jan 2006 13:52:12 -0800
Lite brite, makin' things with light, makin' things with light, havin'
fun with lite brite!
Seems like a <a href="http://www.hasbro.com/litebrite/";>lite-brite</a>
set could be modified for use as a volcano board.

On 1/26/06, Elliott C. Evans <eeyore@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Scott Sulzer wrote:
> > My personal desire for a craft project would be a "lightbox"
> > Volcano board.
> These do look really nice. The first one I know about is Zarf's
> Icehouse Presentation Stand, which uses electroluminescent ribbon
> under a posterboard grid.
> http://www.eblong.com/zarf/ice-stand.html
> I made an acrylic board that is also a storage box. Later, I made
> a lightbox for general use and the board does look pretty swanky
> lit up on the lightbox.
> http://www.ee0r.com/proj/volcanodeluxe.html
> http://www.ee0r.com/proj/lightbox.html
> Some of us ran into a guy in the Big Bar at Origins who had built
> a wooden box that used Looney Labs' acrylic board as a lid, and
> was simply lit up inside using one of those round "touch lights".
> That was nice, easy, and portable.
> > For example, would a standard bulb work better or some small
> > fluorescent tubes? Clear surface or frosted to diffuse the
> > light and keep people who were looking at the board from
> > being totally blinded by it?  Line the interior with a shiny
> > reflective surface, or a white gloss surface?  All things
> > that would have to be worked out through trial and error, I
> > believe.
> Here are my answers, based on my own trials and errors. Bulbs
> are easier to power than fluorescents. Frosted diffuses the
> light better and turns bulb-shaped light sources into a glowing
> surface. White is easier, diffuses the light, and is sufficient
> for reflecting.
> > The one other alternate that I though of for equal light
> > disbursement was to set it up with a small bulb under each
> > stack area, hmm, maybe LEDs with a switch so that each square
> > could be color coded for setting up, but switched over to
> > white light for play???
> This would be super cool, and I thought about modifying one of
> my wooden Volcano boards (http://www.ee0r.com/proj/volcano.html)
> by drilling holes in the center of each square and inserting
> LEDs, but then I priced it out. Don't forget that you need 25
> of whatever you use, and those nice bright white LEDs or those
> tri-color LEDs still cost a few bucks.
> That said, I like the idea of having the LEDs display colors
> for set up. Since most people favor a random layout, having a
> circuit that displays a "random" pattern for set-up followed by
> an all white illuminating mode would be super-cool.
> --
> Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans                              eeyore@xxxxxxxx
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