O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

Late last night my amazing wife returned from delivering Christmas goodies to the neighbors.  She held out the five fingers on her right hand and asked, “Do you know what this is?”

Instinctively, I flinched, expecting a heart-stopping, up-close-and-personal demonstration of how cold her hands actually were.  This has happened before.

“That’s how many of the neighbors complained that you don’t have any lights up this year.”

Through an ironic and frustrating turn of events, I’d been too busy to hang or program anything for Christmas 2010.

Fortunately, today’s schedule was totally open.  I found enough inventory in the workshop (an E16 ethernet bridge + 16 strings) to assemble a nifty little triangle tree.  It measures 12′ tall and 11′ wide at the base.

After letting it run for a few hours, I checked the control statistics (the E16 contains an internal webserver which allows for easy field configuration and feedback) and was pleased to see that one point one million Art-Net packets had been successfully received and processed for each of the E16’s four universes.

Amazing.

Stills (click to enlarge):

Video:

(Note that YouTube was supposed to swap out the regular audio for a bouncing happy Christmas track.  But I don’t think it’s working for all playback locations.  Do you hear music or just road noise?)

5 Replies to “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!”

  1. Absolutely fantastic. Love the triangle, love some of the sequences. the what appears to be water running down, dripping down, the fill, lots of cool stuff and many of them were actually christmasy vs some of the other demo’s that just go a little ballistic. really liked it!

  2. >“That’s how many of the neighbors complained that you don’t have any lights up this year.”

    Dear Mr and Mrs Chapman, I’m very sorry but you now are a community institution. Just because you’ve been really busy, building stuff for everyone elses light show doesn’t give you an excuse. Sorry but thats the truth.

    >Fortunately, today’s schedule was totally open. I found enough inventory in the workshop (an E16 ethernet bridge + 16 strings) to assemble a nifty >little triangle tree. It measures 12? tall and 11? wide at the base.

    Grrr, mrspackethead said ” i know that you’ve just flown half way around the world, but if the chapmans can get something up, why can’t you.. Surely theres enough stuff in your shed. ”

    >Amazing.

    Yes Amazing

  3. @Brent – stay tuned for early next year. E16-MKII will include DMX input, a real-time clock for playing back routines and an SD card for storing pre-rendered output files.

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