Pixelstick – The Amazing Light Painting Stick

Pixelstick is the brainchild of Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan – two inventors from NY which formed a company called Bitbanger Labs and developed a unique smart light stick consisting of 198 full color RGB LEDs.

The Pixelstick’s reads images from an SD card and displays them, one line at a time. Each LED corresponds to a single pixel in the image. The images you can use are 1 to 198 pixels tall and can be thousands of pixels wide. The handle of Pixelstick is perpendicular to the LEDs and has a secondary aluminum sleeve, allowing the unit to spin. It  uses 8 AA batteries which last for hours.

So what exactly can you do with the Pixelstick? The answer is light painting like you have never seen before – check the Kickstarter project video above.

Light graffiti done withe the Pixelstick


Since the project went up on Kickstarter it received tremendous positive response with close to 1300 backers so far (mind you this is a $300 unit so this is no small feat) and so far the project raised more than 356,000 (more than 3 times the goal for the project). You can learn more and order on on Kickstarter.

Make sure you check out our light painting section here on LensVid for more on this cool photography genre.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.