Super Micro Paint
May 20, 2015 6:58 AM   Subscribe

Super Micro Paint
I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more. (Source on github)
Role: programmer
posted by umrain (7 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 20, 2015: Super Micro Paint = Super Macro Fun 🎨

Quite good.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:38 AM on May 20, 2015

posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:21 PM on May 20, 2015

This made me miss that time so I am glad it made it to the blue
posted by mrgroweler at 7:40 PM on May 20, 2015

Wow. This is neat, now if you can panagle to cloobar to widaddle export something something to the raspberry pi and display it on this led matrix

But seriously, if there was some kind of data format to export the animation to a file, im sure someone smart enough could import that into the PI to display the animation on the led matrix so they can use this awesome tool you built to create led animation.

Get really creative and allow a live stream of animations that people create on your site as a webservice so people can 'watch' led animations being deployed real time.

Way cool.
posted by edman at 1:03 AM on May 21, 2015

I actually had the idea for a super real mode that involved a raspberry pi, an led matrix, and a camera to export as real-life gifs but that's a project for another time.

The entirety of the animation data is stored in the URL. So you can bookmark your drawings. The format isn't too complicated and the functions to deal with it are in the source but it's just some custom base64 encoding so it plays nice with urls + some RLE to squish it a little. I guess I should document it better later though.
posted by umrain at 5:49 PM on May 21, 2015

Neat, umrain! It looks slightly abandoned as a project, but Lol Shield Theater is/was a way of programming an Arduino with a 9x14 charlieplexed LED display over the web.

I say was, as ever since visiting the author's original site I get all sorts of javascript redirects, so be wary. There's supposed to be code on github that shouldn't have this trouble.
posted by scruss at 6:45 AM on May 22, 2015

So good!
posted by moonmilk at 10:43 AM on May 23, 2015

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