POV Orb project

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new twist on POV hardware. This time it’s ‘the Orb’ – comprised of a set of LEDs that rotate to form a sphere. Hopefully more docs are forthcoming. It looks like all the hardware except the motor is contained on the boards inside the sphere – maybe power is provided via the two ends of the spindle? The visuals are driven by a pic C18 with hall effect sensors to provide position readings.
Thanks to [phishinphree] for the tip.

Don’t forget – 6 more days to get in your Design Challenge entry. I’ve gotten some great stuff so far – it’s going to be tough to choose a winner.

20 thoughts on “POV Orb project

  1. I have a simpler one of these, it is just a spinning ring with the led’s hooked up to some oscillators and other random stuff that you can use to make diferent floating patters. I still prefer a good cylinder pov any day ;)

  2. I think that would be hilarious to see it doing the death star… and I would Def. buy a kit if they made one.
    What I think would be really awesome, is if someone did two or three rings, set like a gyroscope.

  3. The one with the two motors and spinning disks seems backwards to me. I would use a shaft that had two hub motors and a spiral pattern of slots cut into the disk towards the edge of the motor to allow for optical sensors to act as a resolver.Thus giving a location of the disk at any given moment.
    Being that they would want speed and not torque, the hub motors would work well for this application.
    This would put the weight of the system to the center and allow for an unobstructed view.

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