This is an open hardware project based on the Michael Peshkin Lightboard from Northwestern University:
A simple design that allows a lecturer presenting to a camera to write as they would on a white board but facing students. This eliminates the need for complicated computer generated graphics.
Differences between the Duke Lightboard and the original Peshkin Lightboard
The Duke Lightboard focuses on smaller, lighter construction the goal of eliminating the need for many studio accessories. As a result, the design is somewhat portable and reduces the need for complicated lighting arrangements. The three key technical elements are the use of an electronic "flipper" to mirror the video, the use of a custom designed LED clip, and the exclusive use of bolt-together 80/20 aluminum framing as opposed to a welded steel frame. A project goal is also to create a design that is simple enough a lower level technician could build it. It was also desirable to use common, easily sourced components for the construction.
The electronic flipper processes the reversed image as opposed to shooting the camera through an actual physical mirror as spec'ed in the original design. This eliminates complication and geometry from the design as well as increasing the light input to the camera. The LED Clip is also a key element. The design holds cheap 3528 sized LED's on standard 8mm strips precisely up to the glass. The design is extremely light and includes framing for a second LED strip that can illuminate the face of the lecturer without the need for industrial studio lighting. The second Subject LED Strip is set to a warm 3000K temperature which is more appropriate for human skin. The clip can be reproduced using simple extruding or 3D printing technologies. The use of 80/20 components considerably reduces the weight of the final product while making it easier for someone who does not have access to a welder or other metal working equipment.
The project progressed through two stages where a small prototype was built to test various concepts while providing an example instructional development teams could use in designing course concepts and material.
Bill of Goods for Prototype (3'x2') Lightboard
Bill of Goods for Desktop (6'x4') Lightboard
|Item||Qnty||Cost Per||Cost Total||Link|
|80/20 - 72" 15 Series sections||6||$40.11||$240.66||http://www.amazon.com/80-20-SERIES-T-SLOTTED-EXTRUSION/dp/B001F0I3FI|
|80/20 - 24" 15 Series sections||2||$14.67||$29.34||http://www.amazon.com/80-20-SERIES-T-SLOTTED-EXTRUSION/dp/B001F0F14E/|
|80/20 - 24" 15 Series sections||2||$21.03||$42.06||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BL104NU/|
|80/20 - 5-Hole Tee Joining Plate||4||$31.20||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001IA4PQ6|
|80/20 Inside Corner Bracket||2||$2.95||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001IA4Q7Y/|
|80/20 - 45 Degree 15 Series Support||2||$47.00||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YVZ4UU/|
|80/20 - Caster Mount||4||$74.60||www.amazon.com/dp/B00J0934RI/|
|80/20 - Casters||4||$124.00||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YVZ2IO/|
|8mm - 5m 6000K 3528 8mm LED Strip||2||$22.95||$45.90||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ST2I9O/|
|8mm - 5m 3000K 3528 8mm LED Strip||2||$22.95|
|150 Watt DC Power Supply||1||$68.00||$68.00||http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IHZ9ME0/|
|Custom Fabrication Components|
|3/8 Low Iron Tempered Glass||1||$1026.89||$1026.89|
Studio Lightboard Construction
This version of the Lightboard makes heavy use of 80/20 T-Slot extruded aluminum. T-Slot uses special nuts slid into slots then tightened to make a joint. Joint pieces come in a variety of shapes and sizes for various applications but the concept is the same. The special nuts in this project are either single, double, or triple length. An example is demonstrated in the video below.
LED Clip Primer
This project uses specialized clips to hold the LED strips precisely to the glass and provide subject lighting for the presenting lecturer. The clips are easily manufactured with 3D printing. The LED strips must then be inserted into the LED clip. This is demonstrated in the video below.
|Construct left and right side frame||Join 1x 72" 80/20 extrusion to 1x 80/20 24" extrusion with a 5-hole T-Joining Plate|
Studio Lightboard Power Consumption
|Light Array||Per Leg||Array Total|
|Top||33.8 watts||101.4 watts|
|Left||21.75 watts||65.25 watts|
|Right||21.75 watts||65.25 watts|
- Wipe Lightboard clean with a traditional whiteboard eraser
- White residual power from Lightboard with a clean, dry paper towel
- Use a thin mixture of Dawn dish detergent in a spray bottle and mist the surface of the glass
- Use a squeegee to wipe the cleaner off