Horten Fyr is Norwegian for Blinkie

Our Norwegian is pretty weak, so we struggled a little bit with the documentation for a big public LED art project in the lighthouse (translated) in Horten, Norway. But we do speak the universal language of blinkies, and this project has got them: 3,008 WS2812b LEDs ring the windows at the top of the lighthouse and create reactive patterns depending on the wave height and proximity of the ferry that docks there.

This seems to be an evolving project, with more features being added slowly over time. We love the idea of searching for the WiFi access point on the ferry to tell when it’s coming in to port, and the wave height sensor should also prove interesting data, with trends at the low-frequency tidal rate as well as higher frequency single waves that come in every few seconds. What other inputs are available? How many are too many?

It’s so cool that a group of tech-minded art hackers could get access to a big building like this. Great job, [Jan] and [Rasmus] and [everyone else]!

#hortenfyr is alive!!! @janskomakerstuen & @razmush

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5 thoughts on “Horten Fyr is Norwegian for Blinkie

  1. Pretty cool, but wheres the sweeping light?

    Call me old fashion, but i would’ve much rather seen an oldschool lighthouse with an update so it can project the batsignal and whatnot (relevant info bout weather or waves or idk what would be usefull for approaching boats)

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