LED Phenakistoscope




This device is DIY electronic remake of the Phenakistoscope, one of the first motion graphics device from the 19th century.

I used a recycled stepper motor from an old printer as the motion source, attaching a CD clip to it so that i could make the CDs rotate at a stable velocity. The CDs were completed with a sticked paper with classical and brand-new phenakistoscope patterns.

By synchronizing the strobe frequency of a white led stripe with the motor rotation, we accomplish the image-in-motion effect on the eye.

I used an Arduino nano for the overall control of the pots, the motor, the leds…. and you can download the full code here:


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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Many years ago I dreamed a device like a closed fishbowl having one or two flies in the inner instead of fishes. There had a microphone and some electronics. The microphone captured the sound of the fly's flight, and fed a stroboscopic light. Then, when you watch the flies, they seem to glide with their open wings like a glider. I know very little electronic to make the device, but I think it could be interesting.

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