Several years ago, I started playing with microcontrollers, especially the Arduino platform. StrobeEffects is a place where I can share what I’ve done.
I can spin poi a little bit. I’ve spun with fire exactly once. I think I can be more valuable to the performer community by creating interesting toys than I can by performing directly.
My primary motivation is to get these things in the hands of as many performers as possible, and to provide a place where people can discuss techniques of getting interesting patterns out of them.
I offer my design materials on this site so that anyone can reproduce what I’ve designed. They’re not cheap to produce individually, however, so it seemed like a good idea to make a bunch of them and offer them for sale, to try to recoup some of my costs.