Digital Palette
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Kelly Heaton and Steve Gray, 1999.

Personal Information Architecture Group & Toys of Tomorrow
MIT Media Laboratory

Research also funded in part by the Jacob Javits Fellowship Program

The Digital Palette (1999) is a hand-held, infrared remote control device that contains five physical pixels, made of mixing red, green and blue light-emitting diodes, which can be used to program the color or color animation for other physical pixels. The color of the palette pixels can be adjusted using a knob that maps to a value on a wheel of 256 discrete hues. An artist selects from among the five palette pixels using direct touch, just like a Nami orb or a Peano cube.

The Digital palette can be used to mix static colors, or to program animated sequences called chromanimation. For a more complete description of the Digital Palette, please refer to my Master's Thesis. The anatomy of the Digital Palette is illustrated below.

How to use the Digital Palette:

pick a color or create a chromanimation. Then, touch the target physical pixel to introduce the new color.