Intelligent fixtures as follow spots

The other night while working on an event I though about this and well – “how hard can it be?”

So i’m currently designing and looking at building a tracking system (similar to the Martin TrackPod) that will allow the user to change a moving head or scanner fixture into a follow spot over DMX. I plan to be using Arduino for this project and If I can get the maths to work this will become a very advanced and feature rich project.

Stage 1 will be to create a input system to track the users input and produce DMX from it. (Did I mention I like Lego?)
Stage 2 will be to increase the interface features and add extra use input such as basic mapping and dim/focus input parameters.
Stage 3 will be to introduce wall mapping and multi-fixture support.

I’ll post again about this once the first stage is complete. 🙂

Update: Lego prototype with 2 pots attached.

Lego TrackPod

Lego TrackPod

Update: Lego prototype with 4 pots and cables attached. (A mess but it is only a prototype.)

Lego Trackpod with cables.

Lego Trackpod with cables.

General purpose flightcase from one sheet of ply.

So today i’ve been working on a general purpose flightcase that’s suitable for many things but some of the uses I imagine I will be using it for;

  • Dual Mac 250 flightcase,
  • 32 channel multi-core,
  • Power and audio cables (maybe even 63/3)

Measurements (external) 800*500*588+wheels

Here’s a half way through taster pic… excuse the mess.

Part way through build

Part way through build