Light painting is rad: a long exposure, a dark background, and a flashlight all come together to make an eerie, sci-fi effect. High-tech, LED-powered light painting is even cooler, but so far it’s been a fringe hobby for die-hard DIYers. Pixelstick, with a newly-launched Kickstarter campaign, wants to put crazy nighttime picture and GIF-making powers into anyone’s hands.
Brooklyn-based Bitbanger labs (the folks behind the kooky Remee “dream controller” sleep mask) put 198 colour LEDs on a six foot long collapsible aluminium stick, slapped on a brain box with a SIM slot, and powered it all with eight AA batteries. The controller automatically turns any image on the SIM card (Photoshop files or the like) into a light-up mirage, each LED becoming a pixel as you wave the whole contraption around. A sleeved handle in the middle of the luminescent wand helps create Spirograph-style illusions with a spin.