Tagtool – DIY Arduino Light Painter

Yet another creative project enabled by Arduino and the DIY community
Vienna Tagtool performance by maki This week a friend of mine introduced me to a great VJ system called the Tagtool. The Tagtool allows an artist to create drawings and animations for projection in a live performance environment. It’s all open source, and plans are available online for you to build you own.
drawing by Fanijo A typical system consists of a tablet to draw on, an Arduino-powered controller to change brushes and colours etc, a gamepad to animate the drawing, a laptop to control everything, and a projector. The idea is that one artist creates pictures using the Tagtool controller and drawing tablet, while a collaborator animates the drawings using the gamepad.

The most exciting part for me is that both the hardware and the software are open source: if you want one you can build it yourself. There’s a really active community of DIY Tagtoolers online. The above image is of Stuart Childs’ all-in-one system that he built into a flight case using a custom-designed laser-cut top panel.

And check out this slick metallic gold Tagtool laser-cut from acrylic for a university course. Mmm, shiny…

If you want to get started making a Tagtool of your own, you’re in the right place: you can grab an Arduino, and the sliders and buttons right here from the materials catalog. And of course the fun bit will be designing your own case to be laser-cut in your Personal Factory.

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