A twisted take on Santa and Chirstmas

Posted in Video by Scott Meisner on December 18th, 2009

“The Winter Stalker.”  Written and directed by Stephen Reedy.  Produced by Alex Pardee.

Nothing says happy holidays like a creepy Santa Claus and anything quite like this.  Well, enjoy!

[Via Nerdist]

“Christmas Light Hero”

Posted in Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on December 17th, 2009

Ex-Disney imagineer Ric Turner has created quite the holiday delight: a fusion between Guitar Hero and Christmas light decorations.  How does it all work?  Read on to find out:

Christmas Light Hero is using 7 light controllers from Light-O-Rama built from kits to control 21,268 lights and LEDs. Each controller has 16 outputs and 2-3 TTL level control inputs that are used by the game system to fire different programmed light sequences depending on what happens in the game. It relies on the fact that the game sequence is very consistent. If the game and the lighting sequences start together, they will stay in very good sync through the length of the song. The light program allows branching and overlays for fail, star power and “ready.” I have some ideas to automate the initial show/game sync, but for now you have to push doorbell buttons at the right moments.

Though this must have taken so much time to complete the final product is very impressive and looks like a lot of fun.  And Turner, good song choice!

[Via Gizmodo; MAKE]