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AllSparkCube Packs 4,096 LEDs into a Giant Computer Controlled Display

LED matrix cubes are nothing new, but this 16x16x16 monster towers over the tiny 4x4x4 desktop variety. Check out the video to see it in action.

Sound warning: the music starts off very loud and bass-filled; we’d recommend turning down the speakers if you’re watching from your cube.

So what compels someone to build a giant LED cube driven by over a dozen Arduino shields? If you’re the employees at Adaptive Computing, you do it to dazzles crowds and show off your organizational skills:

Every time I talk about the All Spark Cube people ask “so what does it do?” The features of the All Spark are the reason it was built and sponsored by Adaptive Computing. The Cube was built to catch peoples’ attention and to demonstrate how Adaptive can take a chaotic mess and inject order, structure and efficiency. We wrote several examples of how the All Spark Cube can demonstrate the effectiveness of a complex data center.

If you’re interested in building a monster of your own, hit up the link below for more information, schematics, and videos.

AllSparkCube [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/23/12

Comments (9)

  1. Litbea

    Never heard such a good quality audio on YouTube!

  2. VMwarian

    I saw this in person at VMworld and took some pictures. It was awesome. But hey, that’s a lot of soldering!

  3. Ron McNichol

    Back in the last century I had envisioned 3D TV working that way. It would look somewhat like 2D movies played in 3D on a current 3D set. Depth from the surface of the screen inwards. Nothing would appear to pop out of the screen like current movies filmed in 3D. It would have to be better that 16 x 16 of course.

  4. troy nall

    could you image this in a club and girls dancing on this ? its the “NEXT”.

  5. Mike

    I can pretty much imagine anything in a club with girls dancing on it

  6. James

    So, It does nothing Useful, Servers no real purpose?, then, What’s the point in making it?
    other than to be a waste of electricity?

  7. Jim

    James,
    You just don’t appreciate the artistic nature of this.

    Neither do I. :-)

  8. Fab

    “The Cube was built to catch peoples’ attention and to demonstrate how Adaptive can take a chaotic mess and inject order, structure and efficiency. We wrote several examples of how the All Spark Cube can demonstrate the effectiveness of a complex data center.”

    Somewhat disappointed, even after visiting the link I have not seen any display of skills in structuring or order injection. What do you mean by demonstrating the effectiveness of a complex data center? Turning leds on and off doesnt show any efficiency yet?

    Am i failing to see something here?

  9. Thomas Bennett

    Hi Fab (and the rest of you),
    I was on the team that built the All Spark Cube. First of all thanks for your interest in it! The cube is an ongoing project, as VMwarian could tell you, the cube didn’t do much at VMWorld a few months ago. It just blinked randomly, today it runs the basic animations you can see in the video. We are designing new animations and new applications for it almost every day. It will be shown next at the Super Computing conference in Salt Lake CIty next month. If everything goes according to plan, by then it will integrate with a powerpoint presentation and you will be able to control exactly what you want, when you want, how you want.

    We are also working on more fun applications like games, we have begun developing Snake to run inside, and possibly a 3D tetris, Rubiks cube, and even Space Invaders has been talked about.

    Check back on the website for more information and if you have any programming experience feel free to contact me (email on website).

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