September 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

‘DMX512 Lighting from the Cloud’ Syncs Lightshows, Smoke Machines to Music

dmx512 lighting from the cloud techcrunch disrupt sf hackathonDescribing just about nobody we know, Jesse Zbikowski explained the hack he created with Erik Swedberg at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, DMX512 Lighting from the Cloud, thusly:

“Have you ever been listening to music over the cloud and you have a strand of funky LEDs or a smoke machine, and thought, ‘It would be really great if that would sort of pulsate with the music and make a lightshow?’

“The good news is, you can control entertainment fixtures really easily these days with a protocol called DMX,” he added. “We’re using to to control this light strand from some hippies who went to Burning Man, and we built a little DMX driver from this Arduino.” (Arduino is open-source computing hardware; the hack also uses technology from The Echo Nest, publisher of to control the timing of the pulses, and music from the Rdio unlimited music service.)

Indeed, DMX512 Lighting from the Cloud is very “Burning Man,” but that’s exactly what lots of people will like about it. If you’ve been wondering what to do with that strand of funky LEDs or smoke machine, now you know.

Read about all of the music hacks from the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon.

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