Phenakistoscope

 

Inspired by this article, a DIY electronic remake of the Phenakistoscope, one of the first motion graphics device from the XIXth century.

We used a recycled stepper motor from an old printer as the motion source, attaching a CD clip to it so that we could make the CDs rotate at a stable velocity. The CDs were completed with a sticked paper with classical and brand-new phenakistoscope patterns.

By synchronizing the strobe frequency of a white led stripe with the motor rotation, we accomplish the image-in-motion effect on the eye.

We used an Arduino nano for the overall control of the pots, the motor, the leds…. and you can download the full code here:

phenakistoscope.zip

You can also check out the electronic scheme here:



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  9. […] La peña de Playmodes se han hecho una versión moderna del Phenakistoscope que parece bastante sencilla de hacer. Code y demás en la web de Playmodes: http://playmodes.com/web/phenakistoscope/ […]