Really, really awesome Raspberry Pi NeoPixel LED mirror

Check out Super Make Something’s awesome NeoPixel LED mirror: a 576 RGB LED display that converts images via the Raspberry Pi Camera Module and Raspberry Pi 3B+ into a pixelated light show.

Mechanical mirrors

If you’re into cool uses of tech, you may be aware of Daniel Rozin, the creative artist building mechanical mirrors out of wooden panels, trash, and…penguins, to name but a few of his wonderful builds.

A woman standing in front of a mechanical mirror made of toy penguins

Yup, this is a mechanical mirror made of toy penguins.

A digital mechanical mirror?

Inspired by Daniel Rozin’s work, Alex, the person behind Super Make Something, put an RGB LED spin on the concept, producing this stunning mirror that thoroughly impressed visitors at Cleveland Maker Faire last month.

“Inspired by Danny Rozin’s mechanical mirrors, this 3 foot by 3 foot mirror is powered by a Raspberry Pi, and uses Python and OpenCV computer vision libraries to process captured images in real time to light up 576 individual RGB LEDs!” Alex explains on Instagram. “Also onboard are nearly 600 3D-printed squares to diffuse the light from each NeoPixel, as well as 16 laser-cut panels to hold everything in place!”

The video above gives a brilliantly detailed explanation of how Alex made the, so we highly recommend giving it a watch if you’re feeling inspired to make your own.

Seriously, we really want to make one of these for Raspberry Pi Towers!

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That is really cool

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This really is a very nice piece of work but it uses a Laser cutter so I think it’s time you asked your readers how many would have access to such, or own one. Do you remember Circuit Cellar in BYTE magazine where the latest project would cost you a few dollars. They then moved on, and one of the cards would cost you $200 and what had been hobby became a commercial venture.

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We’d encourage everybody out there to look into their local hackspace or makerspace; there are more and more of them (three within easy driving distance of where I live), and they open up so many possibilities for building wonderful things. Many libraries and schools also have equipment like this – laser cutters aren’t just something people set up at home.

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