Bloxels: glowing blocks as volumetric pixels, 2008
Role: Concept Creation, Physical Design, Electronics and Software Development
Academic Support: Takeshi Naemura, Yasuaki Kakehi | Assistance in Circuit Design: Ootani Ryo
Bloxels is a modularized volumetric display system, whose phyiscal shape can be created by users. A Bloxel is a translucent cubical block that glows in full color according to the transmitted data from the neighboring Bloxel, and works as a volumetric pixel. Users can build displays with a variety of shapes by stacking hundreds of Bloxels which can receive and interprete data through IR communication between adjacent bloxels.
When a specialized projector sends flickering light signals to the bottom of the pile, those signals are decoded by the bloxels at the bottom, then modified and propagated to upper bloxels. In this way, each bloxel receives correct RGB data assigned to the 3D position occupied by itself, regardless of their arrangement.