Paint your pictures, no PC needed

LEDs and and cameras always make a fun mixture, and its not all that hard to have quite a bit of fun as well. The Light Painting Stick is similar to other long exposure camera tricks like LightScythe and gets about the same reults. The difference is the Light Painting Stick is self contained meaning you don’t have to drag nearly as much stuff along with you to have fun.

Hardware used is HL1606 controlled RGB led strip commonly found at Adafruit, the brains are a Leaf Labs Maple micro controller board with an SD card and some human interfaces attached, and is powered by a 6 volt lantern battery.

Images are 64*infinity 24 bit BMP files which means there is not much fuss preparing your graphics other than doing a simple rotate. You can select which image is displayed by using a 2 way switch and the LEDs on the stick. Select your images, dial in your speed with the potentiometer, and you’re ¬†ready to hit the fire button for some photo fun.


  1. Ben says:

    Paint your pictures, no PC needed
    Finally! You would not believe how much paint I have lying around waiting for my laptop to be repaired!

  2. Peter says:

    Not the first to do this, has been around a while.

  3. Hirudinea says:

    “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, your my only hope!”

  4. DanAdamKOF says:

    Random Street Fighter reference? Awesome!

  5. krew says:

    Something like this was posted way back when on hackaday. Did somthinkphpg like this with film slr. Make a charicter built a flash box took the exposed pic flashed the box and the image comes up in the photo with out the box

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 98,361 other followers