Connecting Light Installation
The installation is composed of hundreds of 6' tall connected balloons that illuminate one of Britain’s greatest Roman monuments: Hadrian’s Wall - a defensive structure once reaching a length of 120km and dating back to 122 AD that is now a World Heritage Site. The balloons use Programmable XBees, GSM mobile routers and LED lights to transmit colors from one balloon to another along the wall, creating a communication network that spans over seventy miles.
Visitors to the wall and online members are invited to participate by sending personalized messages to be displayed via the balloons at a number of viewing locations along the wall, or through a mobile app or on the web.
The electronic hardware and software underpinning Connecting Light will be available under an open source license, and a diagram of the networking components running the system can be seen on Rob Faludi's blog.
For more details visit the project page, or you can watch a preview of the balloons and messages in action below.
Via: Rob Faludi
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