Animating Neon

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Greg Mowery's Neon Animation Class:

Students built dedicated controllers using the basic stamp to animate neon. Each controller have sixteeen output pins to control sixteen  pieces of neon through a neon tranformer. Students were able choreograph their neon pieces by sequencing the different pin to high and low at randon or scheduled times. Students were also able to pwm their outputs to dim the neon tube to display an overall effect of their animation.

Here is a picture of stands made from PVC pipes, the neon tubes are strapped on to the structure to create a 3 dimensional form. Students programmed sequences to animate the structure.

Student watching the behavior of a new code being executed.

Depending on the dimming on the tubes, different colors can be seen as the tubes start up and as they dim down.