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Orbis is a Kinetic & Lighting Sculpture which has several unique features and modes of operation not usually seen in Kinetic Art work. There are six specialized lighting modes and two motion modes which are all controlled via two independent Arduino Atmega 2560 control boards.
Orbis was created for a client’s new home who wanted something truly unique. It was created by Innovative Electronic Solutions LLC who is a Long Island based engineering consulting firm. The client specifically requested something which blends the classic look of wood with electronics and mechanics in a simple artistic manner. It also had to be large enough to highlight a central wall in the home while combining elements of old and new technologies. The client also wanted a separate control box which would allow guests to his home the ability to interact with the Kinetic Sculpture.
In order to create such a unique Kinetic Sculpture and control box, custom 3D models were developed. Once the client approved, these same files were sent out to a laser wood cutting service. Each piece was then hand stained and carefully assembled.
Size: It measures 24” in diameter and is ¾ of an inch thick.
Communication: Dual Xbee Series 1 modules and custom communication protocol.
Mode 1- User It is able to create 16 Million colors via the wireless control box. The user simply interacts with the Red, Green and/or Blue potentiometers on the control box.
Mode 2- User is able to enable/disable the motor hidden within the sculpture. The user can also change motor direction and speed of rotation. When this motor is activated, it spins the outer sprocket of the artwork. This sprocket then engages the main inner smaller ring which directly drives the decoupled outer ring. Not that the outer and inner rings are coupled together via hidden ball bearings and outward pressure to cause the outer ring to spin in the opposite direction. This spinning affect is what gives the sculpture its name as the rings are Orbiting around the artwork itself.
Mode 3- Color changing mode. Constantly displays one of 16 million colors in a continuous glowing fashion.
Mode 4- Random color mode via sampling one of the analog input pins of the Arduino’s analog to digital pins. The artwork constantly pics a new random color and fades into and out of this color.
Mode 5- Glow White Mode. Constantly fades on and off in true white.
Mode 6- Red, Green, Blue Mode. Constantly fades on/off in Red Green and Blue.