Hi everyone! You might have seen the beautiful LED lit prototype of Dr. Brainlove on The Atlantic article. You must be wondering how we are going to do that. Well, here is the update on our progress with the lighting!
3D printed models of the brain and the bus
The lighting team — Sean Stevens and Ashley Newton — have been working to design the 3D printed parts that will enable a magnificent light show on Dr. Brainlove.
Ashley has been designing a 3D printed case to hold the LEDs at each of Dr. Brainlove’s neuronal lighting nodes. Each node will hold 24 LEDs, and thick fiber optic strands will carry diffused light from the LEDs between the nodes and throughout Dr. Brainlove.
Solidworks model of the neuronal lighting node
Prototype of the neuronal lighting node with one fiber optic cable attached
You can check out a video of the prototype nodes in action here!
Sean is making software to control the brain lights and combine the information from the data interpreting algorithms and sensors. Sound, camera, and EEG input will illuminate the regions of Dr. Brainlove that would be activated in an actual brain. The lights will also simulate neural connections, so you will be able to see virtual signals propagating and triggering other signals to be sent. Dr. Brainlove will respond to different inputs at once, mixing them together to create a beautifully intricate experience.
A screen capture of Sean’s lighting control software
Get excited about our lighting! We have lighting wizards on board and they will create a magical lighting for Dr. Brainlove.
And help us spread the word about our campaign! We are at 90% with 6 days left and will soon be announcing our stretch goal!
-Asako and the Dr. Brainlove team