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I was due to build a proper robot. This tilted wheel robot is a concept I explored back in 2008, one of my first arduino project. It was time to build a new one, so I picked up a few parts and put this thing in 11 hours.

https://github.com/maxdee/alc_freeliner

Seems to work quite quite well!

landr, the cloud audio mastering startup, re-invited me to create something for their office expansion party. I have recently added LED mapping to alcFreeliner, combined with some projections and my green+blue laser yielded a satisfying result.

New airline compatible kinetic sculpture.

After making hardware and software for lasers to produce live visuals, similar to VJing, I started to play with projectors. I had avoided them due to their cost, which was the reason I started to work with lasers in the first place.

Projectors are very powerful tools, no other device can control light like them. When my laser developments leveled out, I started thinking about working with projectors as a light source. My friend and co-founder of the aziz!Light Crew (a!Lc), Zap, demonstrated a simple processing sketch that did so. There was no turning back, the potential was too great.

I started developing summer 2013 while in residency with Incident.net in Briant France and haven’t stopped since. After a few radical changes in the architecture, the current version provides a feature full headless tool to interact with just about anything.

Using a mouse cursor the user can interact with wherever the projector’s pixels go. Left click places vertices, right click removes them, and middle click breaks the chain. Groups of vertices can be linked with one or more renderer which apply different effects to the geometry provided.

This software is headless, all of the control is done via mouse and keyboard. This brings the user’s focus away from their computer screen and into the space. A wireless mouse/keyboard system is ideal as the user can move through the space while interacting with it. There is no state saving function, the software is aimed at spontaneous improvisations.

This software is fairly lightweight and can be run on older hardware. Multiple “outdated” laptops can control respective projectors. Using Synergy, it is possible to share mouse and keyboard across a network. Using OSC, all of the instances can be played by live patching with PureData and MIDI controllers. Other tools such as LEDs can also be controlled from the same patch known as the Grand Master Flash (GMF), named after the pioneer DJ who shared a DIY tool creation process.

I am very excited about a overdue or should I say ripe release. The code has been on github, but with no documentation and unstable developments.
This tool would be great for people who would like to play with projectors. It should be very accessible to youngsters and without requiring expensive hardware. Kind of like the MS-Paint of projection mapping.

For now here is the repo: https://github.com/maxdee/alc_freeliner

At work I needed to modify a boss CS-3 and GE-7 to stay always on. These pedals are part of an instalation and needs to be power plug and play. After a bit of googling I found a true bypass kit with a install guide for Boss pedals.

For the CS-3 remove R20.
For the GE-7 remove R48.

After having a domain for nearly two years, its time to populate it. But my rigorous decision process comes in and strikes up debates, preventing me from completing anything useful regarding this place. Factors in play are time, motivation, lack of html/css knowledge, yet wanting to create and future consequences to my decision.

After trying simple html, mediawiki, concrete5, I decided to conform with the masses and choose wordpress. Perhaps I was swayed due to my recent decision to acquire a smart phone. Am I getting soft? As long as my choices give me new creative possibilities. Onwards!