Hello! This is my infinity mirror/window project. I hope you find it informative and entertaining.
I'll start off with a quick video of the final project. This is running a relatively simple 12-band EQ preset on Jinx.
We started with 200 WS2812Bs, and lots of wire.
The assembly line begins. I got a lot of free labor out of teaching people how to solder.
I'm including three soldering pictures to impress upon everyone what a majority of the time this step consumed. Each LED PCB has 6 solder pads: 2 for power, 2 for ground, and 2 for data. They are all very small. Also, at least twice, I made an oops on the wiring and blew out 10-15 LEDs, requiring me to rip them out and start over. Even though I ordered 200 lights and finished with 169, I only have around 5 leftovers.
Here's the first prototype, which I built after having soldered 100 LEDs, just to convince myself it was worth continuing. Rather than drilling into the mirror, I punched holes in a piece of cardboard to see how it would look. Therefore, the first version has no infinite mirror qualities.
Here I am making lots of holes in the mirror. It's nerve-wracking, because acrylic tends to splinter if you don't clamp it properly, which is hard to do when you're drilling into the center of a 9 square foot sheet. I ended up taking two pieces of scrap wood and kneeling on them as I drilled the holes.
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I got really good at soldering during the process. Below: the last 10 LEDs. I estimate that each light took 5 minutes on average to solder, and I soldered every one of the 200 LEDs at least once. That's 17 hours of soldering as a conservative estimate.
Soldering was almost done, so we started hot-gluing the lights into the mirror. If any of my friends make hackaday accounts, I'll add them as collaborators to this project, but in my knowledge that is not yet the case.
Here's the wiring. I used the 5V out from a 300W computer power supply. Each LED needs up to 60 mA, so the current requirements were substantial. I almost burned out the voltage regulator on my first Arduino because I didn't know what I was doing.
Here's how it looks from the inside.
And here's my beautiful server running the lighting software.
On a beautiful OS.
And here's the outside. This is a graphic EQ preset built into the Jinx! LED control software. The speakers below are playing music.
Here it is at night. This is the Plasma preset built into the Glediator software.
Hope you enjoyed! Message me with any questions.