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Friday, July 19 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Raver Lights!

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Raver Lights is a wirelessly synchronized LED animation and control system I created for offline environments (aka Burning Man). The system is power efficient (for WS2812b LEDs) and works well for wearables and portable art. Raver Lights has grown into a pretty robust system, and is designed to (hopefully) make it easy for other people to create amazing LED art without having to know things like clock-synchronization algorithms, writing an animation engine, networking protocols, etc.

Hopes & dreams *
My hope is for folks to get excited about creating small-scale LED art, especially those who don't think they have the technical skills necessary. My dream is for LED art, and indeed all art, to become accessible to everyone, not just nerds like me.

Participation *
Anyone with basic programming experience is encouraged to attend. There are many ways to interact with Raver Lights, from creating animations using easy-ish to use helper libraries, to working on the core animation and synchronization engine. Regardless of skill level, there's something interesting to work on!

Why participate *
Folks who are interested in creating LED art and/or are interested in offline distributed systems are encouraged to attend.

Material requirements;
Folks will need a laptop and a USB port (USB-C users will need an adapter). All hardware will be supplied by Bryan on loan for attendees. Attendees should install https://github.com/espressif/esptool and https://docs.platformio.org/en/latest/core.html prior to arrival, since internet may not be very fast at DWeb.

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Bryan Hughes

Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Bryan Hughes is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, long-time member of the Node.js and NodeBots communities, and tech activist. Bryan is the creator of Raspi IO which provides Raspberry Pi support for the Johnny-Five JavaScript robotics library. Bryan also created Raver Lights... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Mesh Hall