Secret Missions – Revealed

I’ve been working with Loki Gash, to create pictures for Suraya’s magazine, Filament. Here’s two teasers:

Click to appreciate LED goodnesss.

And if you want to see more, then buy the magazine. And get more updates via LJ at filamentmag.

* – I’m told these are hot pics, but you know, I got really cold doing this.

24 thoughts on “Secret Missions – Revealed”

  1. You look like a boxer in the first one.

    Also, I reckon the waistband needs to come down another inch or so. Because obviously you weren’t cold enough, hotness notwithstanding.

    1. at the start of one of the photoshoots we disturbed two gay guys. If they’d hung around then there’d have been something catering to the male gaze as well.

  2. Hmm… I have an idea for a costume covering less of me (on average anyway). Google for space activity suit. This will require lasers and 3d scanning, hence it’s going to have to go at the back of the List, so don’t hold your breath, unless you want to hold it for a decade.

  3. Hot photos on cold days

    I suspect that there is an unrecognised law of thermodynamics which requires that the photos be hot to balance how cold you got when making them 🙂


  4. yay for launching new media forms in a recession DA DA DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM

    /end media geeking

    also photos are hot, though i feel like you shouldnt be wearing shoes and not just for the hilariousness of you being colder while taking said photos

          1. i once did a shoot for swimwear and summer dresses in the surf at piha in the middle of winter. I know your pain… which is probably why it made me giggle… that and im evil.

          2. i once did a shoot for swimwear and summer dresses in the surf at piha in the middle of winter. I know your pain… which is probably why it made me giggle… that and im evil.

  5. VEry cool man, so how does this thing’s patterns change? I remember you were talking about GPS and accelerometers months ago.. does this use any of those things to modify it’s patterns?

    1. Theoretically, it can use sound and spin speed to modify the patterns. At the moment though, it just picks randomly from a bunch of patterns. Yeah, so much programming to do, so little time.

        1. It can pick up spin speed, but I doubt it’s got the programming space/speed for some funky algorythym to detect gravity on top of spinning. Given that it’s also running on just a little Picaxe, it’s not really fast enough to display a complicated image. However, the next version will have a lot more grunt…

          1. Yeah, I read about your idea for the next one! There most certainly is a lot of people doing rotating array’s of LED’s to do persistence of vision stuff, so the source code is available. The problem is, how to actually detect where you are in the rotation…

            Gyro? (

            Maybe there’s a more obvious physical method like detecting when it passes past your body or something? I’m sure you’ve thought of this all already.. just brainstorming.

          2. I thought about gyros, but that one does 500°/sec, and this can be running at twice that. I tried an ultrasonic rangefinder to detect the ground going past, but couldn’t find one that would work with small enough rx/tx to fit into the ends.

            With two accelerometers, I can cancel out all accelerations except the spin, then subtract the spin signal from one, to give me just gravity, plus noise from being banged around as the whole thing gets spun. Whether that’ll give me enough of a signal to detect up or down, I don’t know. At some point, I’ll spin it while dumping the accelerometer data to the on-board memory (256k), read that off to the laptop, then play around with the data in excel to see if it’s going to be possible to do this on the fly.

          3. Nice..
            I like the idea of just detecting something like the ground… it seems the simplest, but your idea idea of the accelerometers is cool. I have a pair of ultrasonic sensors here that are the size of larger microphone capsules (so say 10mm diameter.. 10mm deep) with a detection range “up to 12M” if you want to try them.

          4. Yup, I tried using a pair of the small ones with one of these. It worked just fine with the original sensors, just crap with the small ones, terrible range (about 20 cm) and high noise. Also, fitting two 10 mm diameter senders and a 5 mm bolt head into the end of a 25.4 mm tube is doable, but awkward.

            Accels, I reckon.

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