Lexus covered its car in 41,999 programmable LED lights

The LEDs were placed on the car manually and if placed end-to-end, would stretch half a mile in length.

@LanaJelic
Published Wed, Dec 7 2016 8:26 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

In case you ever wondered how a car with 41,999 LED lights would look like (couldn't they have fit just one more?!) Lexus has you covered.

To promote the new video of a UK singer Dua Lipa, Lexus partnered up with Vevo and the result is the Lexus LIT IS, a 2017 Lexus IS version of the car with the addition of 41,999 programmable LED lights.

The LEDs were placed on the car manually and if placed end-to-end, would stretch half a mile in length. The LED lights can also change colors in response to human gestures and music, which made it perfect for the promotion of the music video.

Lexus covered its car in 41,999 programmable LED lights | TweakTown.com

Three distinct modes allow the LIT IS to interact with sounds and people in its vicinity. Attract mode features a loop of colorful graphics that highlight the strong lines of the IS and play into its bold styling. Music Viz mode is designed to respond to music, as the LEDs will create custom, responsive displays that perfectly sync to any song. Gesture mode allows the motion of the LED animations to be controlled by users' hand movements with the help of a gaming console. This mode directly connects the car and the driver, allowing the person to send a signal and see the car respond.

Don't expect to see this car in the streets, but it is an interesting project that shows what combination of technology and art can do.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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