Dot Matrix Display on Building

Submitted by: chrisuk 9 years ago Entertainment

They really got those lights synchronized.
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Male 68
If you look at one window the whole time the lighting is ALWAYS the same. Totally fake but cool
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Male 1
It`s nok fake :)
It was happened in Hungary at Schonherz Dormitory.
It was controlled by the dormitorys UTP network. They put a big white paper in front of the windows, and a desktop lamp.
The are some videos and photos in a hungarian news site: http://index.hu/tech/hardver/matrix1005/
There was in the ABC too: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?...
And you can find the online animation editor here: http://oriaskijelzo.hu/legfrissebb/animacioszerkeszto.html
(this is the matrix display`s official page)
Another vid: http://index.hu/cikkepek/0310/tech/6vid.avi
So, it`s not fake.
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Male 390
FAKE. If you`ll notice, none of the light from the windows hits any object outside the building. If that many lights were on at once, you would see some sort of light hit an object outside the building...like the trees, but the only place you see the light is inside the windows. Furthermore you can also tell that the picture they use is static because if it were real video, there would be noticible noise (graininess) in the video, especially at night.
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Male 145
Ok, People This is not photoshopped. It is extremely easy to do, And providing you are willing to hack your lights, You could build a rig a say.. 100 windows with ease, And nor much cash.

Each Light would require:
A Relay
A Diode
A Transitor
A Power supply Of some sort (To fire relay)

You create a simple Circuit where a 3.3-5V Input will trip the relay with barly any current.

Once this is done, You now have 1 wire for each light, That when pulled to 3.3-5V IT will turn on the light.

Now if you had 8 lights, You could simply hook it up to a PC parallel Port (1bit = 1 window), For more lights you could use Multiplexing Or even hack up a dot matrix controller (Hitachi make Parallel Controlled Matrix controllers For dirt cheap). As for the programming, Simple... It`s just timed events, You play an MP3, Read the position of the MP3 and set the screen to a curtain picture on that event

You could even make it parse AVI files (With the resolution of you screen).

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Male 158
snort* !
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Male 170
That was in hungary.I speak Hungarian and could tell right away.
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Male 48
This was obviously a 7-Up ad
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Male 10,440
That music sucked.
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Female 878
That music sucked.
=/
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Female 1,025
Cool song too :]
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Female 532
Eh... It doesn`t always have to be photoshopped you know...

After the first Tetris building, whose website explains the whole process of basically rigging a computer to turn lights on and off, all of these are rather tedious...

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Male 29
Events like this cease to amaze me.
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Male 1,484
i agree with emle, or even using a professional package that does that sort of thing (does any one remember the christmas lights video? well they used a package that does a similar type of thing)
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Male 247
Never considered that, emle.

Still, interesting whether photoshopped or not.

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Male 34
As I commented on the russian tetris movie, Dont think it would be harder than to take two photos of the building, one with all the lights on and one with all the lights of and play around in photoshop, creating picture by picture..
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Male 598
wow, waste of electricity and money... That could have fed 1000 Africans!
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Female 2,084
what song was that?
and hahaha. that was cool.
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Male 732
The people in the building probably had a hard time, switching on and off their lights.
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Male 69
I wonder how they did that. Cool though.
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Male 147
I guess you have to be there to really enjoy it.
From this POV it sucks.
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Female 5
Um... ok. I couldn`t figure out what the message was. And that was the worst music I`ve ever heard.
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Male 626
"I think it`s real. This idea was bound to be manifested eventually. Even if its not real, its a good idea: Rig all the light controls up to a computer and let it be the worlds biggest dot matrix."

Darn beat me 2 it! I was thinking that 2 :P

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Male 382
That was great! Must have taken quite a bit of planning and some mad syncronisation.
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Male 810
Yeah after 15 seconds or so I remembered this would be pretty easy to do in even a primitive computer language.

I think they just hooked up one of the light boxes to a laptop.

However, i`m not saying it wasn`t impressive.... that was freaking amazing

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Male 609
i think it`s real, but some how it`s all programed by someone on a computer
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Male 699
Reminds me of the lights shaped like a penis in Grand Theft Auto Vice City.
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Male 128
th elighting never changes in the background and the background itself looks fake
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Male 134
I think it`s real. This idea was bound to be manifested eventually. Even if its not real, its a good idea: Rig all the light controls up to a computer and let it be the worlds biggest dot matrix.
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Male 4,246
Holy Freaking CRAP!!!
That was AWESOME!!!
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Male 334
if this is fake
well atleast it looked somewhat real even though is fake
but if this IS real
then its sad that so much money is wasted on crap like this...
oh well
im bored again :|
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Female 761
One way you could tell this was a fake: Pause it with the counting numbers and milliseconds. They`re actual numbers.
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Male 994
I looks quite a bit like the Russian Tetris one where it was fake.
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Male 756
Wow, gotta wonder who has that much time (or cash) to sync an entire building to computerized lighting software.
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Female 155
I think I liked the music better.
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Female 1,589
Isn`t it just animated? :/
Or stop motion.
If I saw it happening live it may be more impressive I guess.
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Male 4,012
Word. pretty awesome. Good music too.
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Male 869
That is one giant "Lite-Brite".
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Female 1,832
Um ... yea ..... cool I guess.
I give an "A" for effort.
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Male 9
Link: Dot Matrix Display on Building [Rate Link] - They really got those lights synchronized.
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