Thursday, December 8, 2016
Google open-sources AnyPixel, which lets anyone program interactive displays

Google open-sources AnyPixel, which lets anyone program interactive displays

Google chose to create an installation with arcade buttons, but you can use whatever you'd like.

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Google has created an intriguing new piece of open-source software in the form of AnyPixel.js, where anyone can create their own large, interactive displays. “Big and unusual” are the key operators here, and that seems to be exactly what Google has done as its first project.

While brainstorming ideas for something interesting to put in the NYC office, Google came up with an interactive light-up arcade button installation, taking over six thousand buttons and coordinating control via web page, opening up the panel of buttons to developers to create something fun. The result is an awesome-looking set of light-up buttons that you can press on your own for colorful, swirling designs or patterns you can watch over and over.

Google wants to put that kind of power in your hands, so you can create your own similar setups, whether you choose balloons, lightboxes, or a myriad of other components to bring your ideas to life. Before you get started you can take to Google’s browser previewer as well to get some sort of idea of how your project will look when it’s completed, so you don’t have to be in the dark throughout the creative process.

If you’re interested in working with AnyPixel.js, you can grab it from GitHub right here.

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