When you start to play this video, you’ll see a line bouncing around the screen. But if you pause it, the line vanishes. Chris Long explores this strange persistence of vision effect, which occurs when a line of pixels changes state between black and white. The method can also be used to share hidden text that can only be seen when the video is playing.
Govee specializes in RGB LED light kits. Their curtain lights can display patterns on a grid of 520 teardrop-shaped light beads. The Govee mobile app includes more than 80 scene presets, music sync, and the ability to upload animated GIFs. They’re also rated IP65 waterproof so that you can use them outside. Chris Maher’s in-depth review shows them in action.
The Tidbyt is a desktop screen that can display a variety of useful information on a grid of colorful LED dots. It has a large library of apps including clocks, weather, stocks, news, sports scores, animations, and more. Built on an open ecosystem, you can create your own custom apps, or even flash the firmware for custom projects.
The upcoming game Retro Gadgets from Evil Licorice challenges players to create virtual electronic gadgets in a digital workshop. The game will test your creativity and improve your electronics skills as you invent, build, and solder together your projects, then write code to make them work. Coming to Steam.
Brandon James Greer is a master at creating pixel art. In this tutorial video, he explains some tricks and techniques for working with the most rudimentary of color palettes. 1-bit art embraces the limitations of a low-res monochrome image to focus on composition, patterns, and textures.
Door Kickers: Action Squad is a simpler yet still somewhat tactical spinoff of the original Door Kickers game. It’s a side-scrolling action game where you take one of four SWAT characters and complete mission objectives. It’s best played with a buddy via online co-op.