Since I was a kid I have always wanted my own Death Star and I know that I was not the only one after a group of MEng students including Thomas Carpenter, Oliver Peel, Adam Clarkson, and Laurence Bird, built their very own Death Star globe with a Raspberry Pi back in 2013.
We only know about this now because the Raspberry Pi Foundation has this week revealed more information about the project, stating the following:
The project was originally launched a few years back by a MEng student group consisting of Thomas Carpenter, Oliver Peel, Adam Clarkson, and Laurence Bird, with supervision from Craig Evans. It uses a ring of RGB LEDs, rotating on an axis at 300rpm, to display an image. A Raspberry Pi sits within the rotating build, offering HDMI connectivity to allow images to be sent to the LEDs via a decoder.
Images can be sent to the globe from any smart device, allowing you to display a map with your own chosen coordinates, visual temperature readings, and much more. This makes the globe useful for marketing and education, as well as good ol’ fashioned fun and total planet destruction.
Not only is this cool because it is an awesome Death Star light, but also because it has been created with a Raspberry Pu, showing what you can do with the system.
Check out the video below for a quick look at it.