There's wall art, and then there's LED wall art — controlled by an iPad so it can morph into any psychedelic work of art that fits your ever-changing mood. We'll take one to go, please!
Greg Friedland's Aurora LED wall came to be, not because of some competition that would net him first place, but because he just needed to "fill an empty 6' by 12' wall" in his living room. The best ideas always come from boredom, don't they?
In Greg Friedland's own words:
The lights in the Aurora consist of a grid of 544 RGB LEDs capable of ~16 million colors attached to a 4′ by 8′ wood board. The LEDs are controlled by a microcontroller, which is in turn controlled by a program running on a laptop. The computer is the brain of the system, being responsible for creating the graphics that appear on the wall, and the microcontroller relays the messages to the LEDs. The PC software connects to software running on an iPad, which allows interaction with the moving patterns. Also, the Aurora has a mode where the builtin programs respond to music, bouncing and flashing with the beat, turning it into a VJ of sorts.
That's the short explanation. The long version on how Friedland built it with all of the nerdy facts on the construction process can be found here.
Trippy? You betcha. Makes that knock-off Picasso you have on your wall look boring as hell, doesn't it?