Color me excited. This homebrew lighting project lets you print your boring, lifeless game monitor with the magic of your own makeshift Philips Ambilight feature. And while it may not have all the fascinating features of Philips Momentum in our best 4K monitor guide, it will get you going while you save.
It may not have the 120 Hz update frequency of Momentum and the response time of 4 ms, but this project (via Sweclockers) will provide a spectacular and somewhat spectral experience as you stroll through the vast expanses of your favorite gaming worlds.
Built around one Arduino Oneand connected to a flexible Yunbo RGB LED strip that borders the screen backwards, the project is not independent. The connected PC uses the Prismatic software to read the colors displayed on the screen, which it sends through the Ardunio before each corresponding LED is assigned a color.
Sounds easy enough right?
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kKn0GQr4qw (/ embed)
Of course, it’s a little trickier than that. Accurate voltage calculations must be made to make sure you do not blow anything and I hope there is a considerable amount of solder. Even attaching the light strip to the back of the TV with double-sided tape seems tricky, but if you feel useful and want to fully immerse yourself in your gaming worlds, this will be your project.
There are other solutions if you want to turn your monitor into a light show, but this is the brightest we’ve found recently, and from the video above, it looks more sensitive than the NZXT lighting kit.
In fact, this thing is so brilliant that I’m convinced it could turn even the gloomy views of Metro Exodus into a harrowing carnival.