PartySystem/Overview

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The Next House Party Lighting System was the first "large project" of the revitalized Next Make student group, completed in Spring 2011. The NHPLS is a high-power LED lighting system with 64 individually-addressable RGB channels, 8 high intensity white strobes, and 8 dimmable UV/blacklights, all computer controlled via custom Light DJ software. The Light DJ software runs real time music analysis to create impressive visual effects that are synced to the beat, while offering the Light DJ high-level control in order to select lighting effects that perfectly match the mood of the music. This juxtaposition of computer algorithms and human touch creates an unbelievably immersive visual experience that's truly one of a kind.

The system premiered at Next House's Impulse party, drawing over 500 students from across the MIT campus.

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Contents

Videos:

200pxDemo of the front panels and Light DJ software

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Hardware

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Software

The lights are controlled using custom "Light DJ" software.

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Design and Construction

--Info about the design process:--

  • motivation
  • what tools we used to design (kicad, solidworks) w/ pictures
  • design iterations (e.g. discrete LEDs --> RGB stars, encased strobe --> open strobe

--Info about construction:--

  • how long it took/timeframe
  • how many people involved
  • setbacks
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