[Lab] Firefly Pendant Project

Andrew O'Malley aomalley at gmail.com
Wed Jun 12 22:19:32 EDT 2013

Looks great!  Coincidentally I just did a badge project, though w/ much
less functionality, so I'm super curious to see this develop.

What kind of power source will these use?

Looking forward to seeing/hearing more!


Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:59:56 -0400
> From: Mark Stephenson <mark.b.stephenson at gmail.com>
> To: Lab <lab at artengine.ca>
> Subject: [Lab] Firefly Pendant Project
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> Hi, in the spirit of the what are you working on thread I thought I'd
> share a project that fellow ArtEngine ModLab'ers Michael Grant, Darcy
> White and I (Mark) have been working away on over the last few months.
> Some of you may remember talk about wanting to do a more ambitious
> badge project after the simple illuminated ones made last year for
> Nuit Blanche. Well that is what we're working towards, but it's
> evolved since.
> We're calling the project Firefly and it's under the banner of
> Lumipendant as we may do some more of these projects should this one
> work out well.
> The Firefly project is a larger scale social one where participants
> wear a pendant that can interact with other pendants. Each pendant has
> IR and LED lights on them and they act like little fireflies.
> There is a game in all this it's not just a light show. Can you keep
> your fireflies alive? will they flourish into a frenzy of colour or
> wither away over the course of the event. Meet other badges, shake
> your badge awake, checkin and stations unlock colours and behaviors.
> We even hope to have a disruptive element. Afterwards you sync your
> pendant and find out what kind of social firefly you were.
> Out intent is to open source the software and possibly the hardware as
> well. It's all built on Arduino, in fact the badges are completely
> programable and hackable afterwards which is part of the overall
> intent. We want to help inspire and foster more makers in Ottawa.
> We're now shifting towards exposing more and more of the project to
> the community. We still have lots of work to do and want to share and
> solicit help wherever we can.
> We submitted this to Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau this year so if it's
> approved we'll be looking for some sponsorship to help cover the
> components costs so we can distribute pendants and little to no cost.
> Please let me know if you have some ideas.
> Here is a link to our brand new Lumipendant places, please go, visit
> and pass along some Ottawa maker love:
> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lumipendant
> Twitter: https://twitter.com/lumipendant
> Web site:  http://www.lumipendant.com/
> Cheers,
> Mark
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