If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan like I am, you’ll remember the very iconic scene from the first film when Hagrid stands in front of a barren wall as he carefully tapped certain bricks with the tip of his umbrella. As the bricks began to rotate, it was brought to light, as each brick disappeared into one another. Soon the wall was gone and Diagon Alley was right in front of Harry and Hagrid. The Brixels mirror offers a very similar experience. There are many individual panels that rotate on their axes, one side has a mirror finish, whereas the other side has a black matte finish. How cool would it be if they used wooden panels or used different materials to change the look of the interior of a home, perhaps in the living room or even bedroom if you have the space. Brixels is controlled by proprietary software that can move the parts independently creating engaging 3D appearing installations and architecture pieces through the paneling. If you go to Lowes to look at materials to use for your home you will see many cheap options and ideas, but if you want something unique that will catch the eye Brixels will definitely do the trick.
A Linux controller computer is the heart of each installation that runs a bunch of apps that process visual data and then pass it along to Brixels. The data is then sent via RS485 to the controller PCBs that are at the bottom of each column. The controller PCB then send the data up the column to each individual Brixel. This product boasts about the potential of the Brixels as it creates patterns that toy with light and shadow and depth, either moving together or individually. The design of this architecture allows for endless amounts of columns and rows of Brixels, or even installations of various shapes like the Brixel Globe as shown below. This would be quite a hit as an art piece installation at Burning Man!
Designer: Breakfast New York