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post #11 of 18 Old 05-02-13, 07:30 PM
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Re: Upstart engineering team making user-friendly ambient display lighting kit

If an app based platform wouldn't work, then maybe use a Raspberry Pi (Rev A probably would be fine) as the brains. Base the video input off the composite connection, since resolution doesn't matter, and a lot of AVR's and TV's have a composite out. Use a simplified LED system, and power the whole thing off a USB connection. This would keep the price low, the unit small, avoid any possibility of signal degradation (as it would run off a parallel connection), and be simple to install.

Hmm...maybe I'll recommend that option to them.

Edit to add: OK, I received a response from the development team. It appears they already have a development mule running on a Pi, and other options they are exploring (such as Boxee, Google TV, and so on). This could be interesting. I kicked in a few bucks.

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Thanks for the update!
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Re: Upstart engineering team making user-friendly ambient display lighting kit

I watched the demo and found the shifting / changing lights a little distracting. I have used ambient lighting in the past (old school fluorescent). I have been looking into putting some led lights (rope lighting) behind my HDTV but like the IKEA option Tonyvdb linked to, Thanks Tony

Has anyone heard of a Microsoft project called IllumiRoom ?

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IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.
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I have been using backlight from Cinemaquest for about 7 years now and really hate watching a movie without it. This is a 6500K non changing light that is set to be no brighter than a solid white image on the TV. I am not sure how much I would like watching something where the lighting off the edges of the screen were constantly changing.
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Re: Upstart engineering team making user-friendly ambient display lighting kit

Greetings

This is not a good idea when it comes to image fidelity. If your TV is actually calibrated correctly, these lights will undo a lot of that work. IT will prevent people from seeing the correct colors on the TV as long as the lights are on.

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Re: Upstart engineering team making user-friendly ambient display lighting kit

Doesn't make sense to me either, I'll take my chances and stick with a "floating in a sea of black" image.

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This is not a good idea when it comes to image fidelity. If your TV is actually calibrated correctly, these lights will undo a lot of that work. IT will prevent people from seeing the correct colors on the TV as long as the lights are on.

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Michael, are you talking about this system with color changing LED's or any back lighting at all? It was my understanding that if the light was an accurate 6500K with a reasonable CRI that it should not affect the color on the TV.
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Re: Upstart engineering team making user-friendly ambient display lighting kit

Greetings

It is the coloring that I am talking about. Our eyes are adaptive to the color of the environment. It changes the way we see color and we can't stop the brain from doing that. By adding that type of color, it pollutes the background and that effect changes how we see color on the TV screen. Prevents us from seeing what the calibrated image really looks like.

Now a d65 back light is preferred, but if it is used on a "red" wall, then the effect is still similar to these color lights. It has to be on a neutral wall ... for the best effect.

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