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Voronoi heart lamp

By Andrew Gregory. Posted

Electronic lighting is more-or-less a necessity of modern life, and while mass-market devices work well, we makers can craft more interesting pieces. Taner Ödzil built a lamp showing off the mathematical ideas of Voronoi diagrams. We caught up with Taner to hear a bit more about this lamp.

"In mathematics, a Voronoi diagram is a partitioning of a plane into regions, based on the distance between points in a specific subset of the plane. That set of points (called seeds, sites, or generators) is specified beforehand, and for each seed, there is a corresponding region consisting of all points closer to that seed than to any other. These regions are called Voronoi cells. The Voronoi diagram of a set of points is dual to its Delaunay triangulation.

"Epoxy resin offers resistance to heat and chemical applications, making it an ideal product for anyone needing a strong hold under pressure. Epoxy resin is also a durable product which can be used with various materials including: wood, fabric, glass, china, or metal.

"So, we thought about a Voronoi heart. We designed it as a lamp. In this project, we are using just an Arduino Nano, a resistor, and a red LED. That’s it. After you have a Voronoi heart lamp, use it yourself, or give it to your loved ones. We bet they’ll love it!

You can find more details of this build on Taner's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUO6n5cAKzo3jofuEWcUX7A