New York-based design shop Fake Love
’s Blair Neal crafts a childhood-inspired interactive experience with children’s Crayola Glow Books in his latest project, “Crayolascope,” an independently-crafted analog depth display. The interactive installation, which previously appeared at the NY Hall of Science in Queens, NY as part of an educational series on children’s animation, was also featured at the recent World Maker Faire
at the New York Hall of Science. The two-day, family-friendly fair is a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker
Crayola Glow Book
Using 12 of the 4 clear plate-layered, draw-on Crayola art flipbooks, Neal hacked together a charming prototype of what a one-foot deep 3D display might look like. He notes: “This would be a similar concept to animating some of those famous depth paintings on dozens of panes of lit glass.” The Arduino Mega
microcontroller board was used as the driving force behind the installation, which hosts an animation that consists of a traced image of a cube that Neal digitally animated and printed out frame by frame. The interactive experience allows users to control the speed, scrub position/frame as well as create a fade effect.
Click here for a demonstration of the 'Crayolascope':
Neal continues: “I wanted to imagine that this is what it would look like if a 12 year old made this contraption that hacked together a bunch of toys to make what they imagined would be a high-tech volumetric display.”
Fake Love is partnered with LA-based production company Recommended Media
for integrated, experiential and new media projects.