Fisheye Goggles!! (wonkoculars)

So I’d had this idea to make some fisheye goggle for ages, pretty much since when I first got a fisheye adapter lens and held it up to one eye. It gives such a lush distorted view of everything around. The problem is that you have to hold it up to your eye, so you can’t really feel your way in the world, and of course you’re only seeing in 2D with one lens. Fisheye lenses really play on perspective, which needs 3 dimensions for the full hit.

I bought some ski goggles because I reckon they’re comfiest thing to put in front of your eyes and bodged together mounting two lenses onto them. As long as the lenses point in a parallel direction they look good. If they’re not parallel it all looks out of focus. I mounted all the screws concentrically so that light reflects along their length and intensifies. Nah they’re just to hold the lens in and look a bit wacky! Mental!!!!!1

It’s quite hard to appreciate what it’s like to wear them just from mundane two dimensional¬† photos. Once you try them on, your world will expand! I’m planning on making some more for friends who have asked me to. If anyone is interested, I reckon they’ll probably cost about ¬£100 to buy all the stuff and put them together. Send me an email to laurencesymonds (at) gmail (dot) com

Pulsing LED ping pong ball

So it was my friend Scott’s birthday and I thought he deserves a pressie so I made him this pulsing ping pong ball thing. I originally wanted to have an RGB LED cycle through a load of colours sort at random similar to the processing sketch I did here. I didn’t know how to code the PIC chip to do that though so I just borrowed Jowan’s one that he’d made to puls on and off and routed 3 switches through the red green and blue connectors of the LED.

I realised that I could hide the word if it is written in ink that’s the same colour as the light, so blue text dissappears under blue light. That’s cool but it just hides one out of three words. I think it’d be better if it hid 2, so only 1 shows. Maybe if I wired the LED so that each switch lights up 2 colours to produce cyan, magenta and yellow, it would only light up 1 of the words. Next time next time.

Pretty pointless and shamelessly geeky but Scott seemed to be not too offended so that’s OK.