An amazing system that uses LED light strips to “slice and dice” a vinyl record collection, pointing the way to particular genres, years, or even individual albums in the collection. I could see this being useful for any collection where you have created a database for tracking including book libraries, archives, collections of objects and more.
What I like best is this is a great way of creating an interactive way finding system that anyone could easily use for a collection. I an imagine that there are a lot of researchers who would love to be able to click a link and get directions to a specific resource no matter where it might be in a library or archive. What a great time saver.
Sure, it is a lot of work to create the database and then install the technology, but if you already have a database, what a great way of making even better use of it.
I wanted to create a system to help me find specific records in my collection and an interesting visualization of information about the records in my collection. There's a webserver running on a raspberry pi that hosts a database of my record collection. You can search the database via a webpage in a browser on your computer or phone. When you select the desired record, the entire corresponding cubby/box lights up followed by the individual LED closest to your selected record's physical location. Using a raspberry pi, fadecandy and neopixels from adafruit.
A video demonstration of the system