[Jason] used a strip of 142 Adafruit LPD8806 Addressable RGB LEDs to create the StarGate Eggbeater persistence of vision display. The LED strips are controlled by an Arduino Mega, which is used to control the strip and provides 21 bit color control for each LED. The strip is housed into a ring-shaped tube which is mounted onto a rod and bearing to allow it to spin. A 1/4 HP motor is used to spin the ring at 250 RPM creating the POV effect.
One issue when controlling a spinning object is making electrical connections to a spinning object. The LPD8806 requires four connections: power, ground, clock, and data. To make the connections, [Jason] used a MOOG Slip Ring. This allows for the four connections to be made while the ring spins at 250 RPM.
Of course POV demos need videos, so check one out the “boss program” video after the break.
5 thoughts on “StarGate Eggbeater”
Looks cool, but I do not see what it has to do with Stargate.
They’re referring to the stargate in “Contact”, not the tv series.
Ok, because there’s an episode in stargate where appears an hypnotic machine with similar lights.
Most of the Moog slip rings are limited to 250rpm, which is 4.2 rev/s. With two banks of lights, that’s less than 10Hz.
10Hz is the bare minimum to perceive motion. Next upgrade? More rings (double or triple the fps)!
Wouldn’t IR make a better data transfer medium? Make the rotation shaft hollow and fire the IR up the middle to a receiver and just use the slip-ring for power transfer.
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