Twilight for Zune


[Mortiz Waldermeyer], the man who brought us the interactive LED pong table, has recently completed a project commissioned by Microsoft: an interactive chandelier that can receive and react to music from a Zune mp3 player. The technology behind this project which [Waldemeyer] calls Twilight is not all that complex: at the core of the chandelier is a Zune, which acts as the receiver for other Zunes in the area. The central chandelier Zune then feeds graphic equalizer display data to another device, which in turn feeds a microcontroller running the LEDs embedded in the chandelier. The chandelier itself is constructed of 15 sheets of organza fabric. The result is a rich, dancing display of lights that people in the room with a Zune can take turns controlling. The installation has just opened in LA.

Comments

  1. happypinguin says:

    /set satiric_mode on

    I wonder which project from M$ is not revolutionary.

    /set satiric_mode off

    /me shrugs

  2. brad says:

    sorry.. but what exactly is the point of this? or is it just a cool light show?

  3. Luke says:

    @brad
    to try us to get zune’s ???? maybe.

  4. rasz says:

    it is ordinary colorofon, but this one is _for ZUNE_, and has blue neons..
    so lame

  5. I’ve got a Zune and love the damn thing, I like it much better than my iPod… At this point the iPod sits permanently in the glovebox of my car as a music server while the Zune gets my pocket space.

    The only problem I have with the Zune is that nothing is compatible… for me that wouldn’t be a problem if the I/O port was at least well documented and there were some cheap interface cables I could use to build my own accessories.

    Now I see this article and get excited that I’ll finally find some good documentation on interfacing with my Zune… nope… disappointed again. Hey Hack-A-Day give me some info to hack my Zune! I started coming here because I could count on you to show me well documented hacks where I could learn and improve my own work… now I’m just perpetually aggravated because I want to know how this stuff works but it’s just a bunch of pretty pictures.

    remember when you used to apologize for posting hacks that didn’t have full documentation? I do… it wasn’t that long ago either.

  6. Azriel says:

    @Twistedsymphony

    If you are looking for zune cables and info you can try sparkfun, I know they have the former if not the latter.

    Also I personally would be much more interested if this was from scratch, but I guess why rebuild the wheel…

  7. generikb says:

    So how would one go about doing this on their own? I like the concept of a LED “equalizer” (is that what it’s called? The word escapes me currently).

    Reminds me of back in the day when I used to hook xmas lights up to the “B” speakers on my crappy old receivers in college :)

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