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Priya KuberNovember 22nd, 2011

A laser light show using open hardware is the perfect hack for a bachelor-pad.

It’s a “programmable disco ball,” a “cat toy for humans,” and a “personal laser light show,” all rolled into one. That’s how one Matt Leone describes his latest creation, aptly known as the Laser Ball. To realize his dream, Leone drilled a set of holes into a garden variety tennis ball, and inserted about 14 laser diodes, each with an attached strip of diffraction grating. Said diodes were then synced up with an Arduino-equipped Teensy microcontroller nestled within the ball, alongside a rechargeable battery.

To make it interactive, Leone incorporated Adafruit’s IR remote control.

Groove on!

[Via: Engadget ]