Fresh off the back of winning the 2018 UrbanIOTHack at Eighteen04, a Newcastle-based collaboration team comprised of NewieVentures and SmartPlayHQ worked with City of Newcastle to bring together their #LunaProject - a soft, interactive illumination project for urban space activation - to run during 2019 Hunter Innovation Festival.
Using a custom built acrylic interaction board and paper origami Lillies to trigger different hues and light saturations through IoT-based sensors, the space in Civic park is drawing in families and park-lovers experiencing the space in a whole new light.
We popped up from CentralCoast to take it all in and experiment with some light painting playtime with the activation team, using some ruggedised portable LEDs to layer in some extra layers over the top of their illuminated landscape to capture the moment.
Higher resolution images are available in our gallery images below. Images copyright of Brian Hill.
SparkCC are your local Central Coast Makerspace in West Gosford. They've done a great job putting together 2 workshops to help you get your sparkle on and help us light up the night on 7Nov2015 at southern Tuggerah Lake. Check these out and grab a ticket early:
Sat17Oct2015 - Wearable Electronics Workshop: a nice short 2hr workshop to help you build your own ElectroLuminiscent (EL) Wire decorations for bikes, helmets or personal adornment.
Sat 24Oct2015 - LED LightSaber workshop: their second 2hr workshop to help you work with addressable LED strips controlled by microcomputers to build a LightSabre that is a testament to your own DIY Force. Get your Geek on!
With Picnic Point acting as one of our event spaces, we know there's quite a few skaters that like to hit the place at dusk. With a variety of spots, there's some great options to capture the motion of your latest tricks, by lighting up your boards and obstacles. Here's some examples of things we can do in partnership with you, using some simple DIY kits from AdaFruit and a helping hand from the Central Coast Makerspace run by SparkCC at West Gosford.
When it comes to lighting up the night, there's nothing that primes our senses quite like a good old lightning storm. Here's a great little article by the Maker crew at MakeUseOf for how to build your own portable lightning cloud.
Be brave, jump in and explore - who knows, you might just meet some other storm-makers on the path!
LumenMotion (www.lumenmotion.com) is a festival to celebrate the fusion of Light and Human Powered motion, enhanced by lightweight technology + clean tech power, allowing us to creatively visualise loved landscapes and places with new, transient artworks.
Designed for easy entry participation for enjoyment by all ages and families, it's also a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Maths) exercise for those who want to take their participation to the next level.