Tech EM: Pixelstick

January 01, 2015 | Event Technology

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If you’re a photographer who’s serious about light painting, the Pixelstick from Brooklyn tech designers, Bitbanger Labs, is a must-have.


Typically, light painting is achieved with some kind of portable light source and an open camera shutter. When the light is moved around, the trails it leaves behind are recorded as solid streaks by the camera. The Pixelstick is a 6-foot long narrow “stick” covered in LEDs that can be manipulated via the attached controller to “print” colors and images in the air and onto your camera.


Pixelstick may seem like magic, but it's actually pretty simple. Each one of Pixelstick's 200 LEDs acts like a pixel on a screen, displaying the image one vertical line at a time as the light artist walks free form or a specific path. These vertical lines, when captured by a long exposure, combine to recreate your image in mid air, leaving Pixelstick (and the light artist holding it) invisible.


Pixelstick uses LED technology in combination with solid state storage to take the technique to the next level, allowing complex animated 3D images and shapes to be automatically rendered by photoediting software. Having surpassed its original Kickstarter goal of $110,000 by more than $500K, the Pixelstick can now be purchased for $325.




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