Arcade Fire Glowing Ball drop at Coachella 2011

Arcade Fire dropped these super cool balls from the sky at the end of the concert at Coachella last night. They were big beach balls that lit up and syncronized with each other. Soooo cool. I have one and took it apart.

Official Video (found another one and youtube takes it down):

My video from inside the ball pit:



This device made by ESKI Studio has 6 LEDs (3 on the front, 3 on the back), a MIC and it looks like IR receivers and transmitters, and powered by 2 9Volt batteries.  The microprocessor is an ATTINY84 chip.

On the circuit board is PixMob G2 “Summer into Dust” edition v. 1.3 03-2011

I’m looking for ways to turn my device back on, so if you know how, please let me know in the comments!

Arcade Fire is amazing!  These colored beach balls put a cherry on top of their already amazing concert

EDIT:  found a way to turn on the lights again.  Take the Mic, and touch the metal of it to the center line of Q2 for Green, Q3 for Blue and Q1 for Red. (Thanks Matt)

Higher quality pics:

I’m not sure what the device in between the 2nd layer and the clear plastic is.  I think its an IR receiver but I can’t find another one online that looks like it.

Update 4/18 10:27:  I tried playing back the Arcade Fire concert from Coachella’s video feed and nothing happened with the LEDs.

Update 4/19:  Seriously??  Some D-Bag is selling his on EBay for $999 + shipping.  This may be $30 in electronics and a $2 beach ball.

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