Cocoon is a light sculpture that explores the relationship between materials, light and our sensorial perception of them.
Cocoon is made by silk protein nano optics fabricated by Julian while he was working in lab exploring silk protein properties.
Julian firstly synthesized the protein solution directly from worm silk and crafted 2700 nano-prisms per millimetre on its surface thanks to Electron Beam technology.
Light is an electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength in a range of 400 nanometres. Each section of this wavelength is perceived by us in colours from blue to green and red.
When we look at a light emission we usually perceive a white source due to the smallness of its wavelength that unify all the colours.
When a ray of light passing through the material get diffracted by the nano-prisms, the light wavelength is sparse till its real composition get revealed.
Cocoon is lighted up by a single 1Watt Led. The light is scattered and diffracted by multiple layers of bio-optics meticulously placed in space to create the desired effect inspired by natural structures and fractal patterns.
The 3D printed structural shape derive from a digital transformation of a series of physical shapes previously 3D scanned.
Cocoon illustrate the metamorphosis of light, material and shape through multiple technological interventions, questioning the reliability of our sensorial perception of reality.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.