To be honest with you, during the two-day performance on the Hadrian’s Wall, we were working from a room with internet connection inside the farm owner’s home on Vallum Farm the whole time. All six of us, during the show, we were reading the messages that you sent and felt thankful for each sentences. We were nervous about the performance about our web server and how it would handle thousands of incoming personal messages submitting from users through our website. We were constantly logging in to iDigi’s website to monitor all hundreds of Xbee devices and the health of our communication network across 76 miles. But all we really did was scratching our heads, eating little meal and drinking lots of coffee and some beer, starring at our softwares and the website and the app on our computers and phones , and answering phone calls from our technicians on sites.
So what I’m saying is this, the images that uploaded from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, all over the internet, news and media had helped us tremendously to see our project and carried us where we couldn’t go.
We are crowdsourcing a gallery of images of Connecting Light on Hadrian’s wall. We had found a few really good images and hope to receive more from people who see this message. If you were there, please send us your images. We would love to credit you on the blog and any press and media use of your photography in the future.
the YesYesNo team
Credits from this collection:
Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, Craig Allan (Ca2Cal on Flickr), Gavin Wilson (GWCumbria on Flickr), Marilyn MK on Flickr, lunaryuna on Flickr, ambo333 on Flickr, OR_U on Flickr
Please send us your images to molmol at openmolmol dot com ; Zach at eyebeam dot org
And let us know how to credit your images.
We’ve just compiled a Thank You List for those in NYC who came out and helped. They were photographers, Grad Students, Designers and Artists, Teachers, Kids … All names in alphabetical order:
John Matthew Griffis
Regan Chen and olollo studio
Michell Johanna Cardona
Patricio Gonzalez Vivo
For those who volunteered and donate your time for us, you know who you are, if you didn’t find your name on our list… Please pardon us and
send an email to Molmol, and Zach
molmol at openmolmol dot com
Zach at eyebeam dot org
Here you can find Connecting Light in news:
Radio Newcastle, Alfie and Charlie breakfast 26 April 2:46:53-2:52:20
Radio Cumbria, Paul Braithwaite drivetime 26 April 0:18:47-0:23:50
Day 2, 80 Xbees hooked up to LEDs and 12V batteries, and controlled by four X4 connect port at Yarm Farm.
The lights are lit when they received incoming message submitted from the website: connectinglight.info , as well as SMS messages from mobile phones. Each message contains geo-location information which determined where each lights will be sent to. All the interactions are happening in real time with a delay less than 5 seconds.
The web server is setup and able to process messages from Connecting Light website, and then send the message to Xbee X4 connect ports via 2G network. The X4 gateways then send the message to 18 xbees that were controlling the lights.
we’re starting to get messages that people are sending in via the website. here are some examples of messages people have posted:
one of the parts of connecting lights is transforming the messages people write into color. Arturo took some simple software we wrote that does text to speech and process the sound to come up with pulses of color, and helped create a web server that does the processing. It’s essentially a headless openframeworks app whose job is solely to take words and turn them into color.
Two of Zach’s students from Parsons School showed up and helped assembled 500 thermal sheets, one of the iphone developer, Bruno, from Project Noa also volunteered to help with the hardware assembly. We light up 9 of the demo lights in both evenings. Designers came to our studio to present and share their work one night, and on the second night, Ryan from Pivotal lab came out and worked on website development for allowing many users to access Connecting Light website at once. The floor manager offered her help as a volunteer for performance in England, which was random. Overall, We’re very excited to see our studio getting crowded everyday.
The first version was pair with Xbee and and Arduino, the second version was straight programmable Xbees. We reconfigured the Xbee Pins in the software for Shift out and digital PWM pins. Testing result, within the light of sight, from the X4 ConnectPort to Xbee on the Hadrian’s wall was about 1/2 mile.
Marcele and Molmol set up one balloon, and it took about 9 minutes for both of them to work together. Zach was controlling the lights via Xbee and openFrameworks app. They all ran up and down to the street to see how the light might looked from ground level. You can see some of the documentation videos of these demo testings by following openMolmol on Vimeo, or go to these links : 6/11 DEMO Video / 6/2 DEMO Video
The lights look bright and the night sky in New York is just New York. We had some comical moment testing the balloon on the roof. We were using a MIDI controller to control 3 channels of the Red, Green, and Blue LEDs. The software that Zach wrote is sending color information in real-time via one Xbee coordinator and it is talking to its end device inside the weather balloon.
We are testing with 2.5 meters PVC weather balloons, with Optek high power LEDs, Xbee SB2 – programmable/ US variant, one Universal 12V 35 AH Lead Acid battery. Amelie Chucky and Bill built the base to hold the balloon with foam boards. The plate piece that connects the lights to the aluminum pole is a 3D printed piece made by The Replicator.