I’ve been experimentally designing and building control surfaces.
Here’s an example playing with my kinetic chandelier @motusphera.

The top surface is CNC milled @coriandesign which is has a cold stone-like feel. The base is zebra wood. 👏🏻 @rickfillion for programming help!
The ball is solid polished steel, with some good heft and momentum to it.

I’m working on a capacitive touch area to change modes. You can see it here toggle back and forth to a brightness adjustment. It uses the current selected color for that with a visible brightness wheel.
The top surface is unblemished, devoid of any through holes. The LED ring, (@adafruit NeoPixel ring) is underneath, which is machined very close to the surface which provides great diffusion.
The real magic comes from the triple axis magnetometer, also from @adafruit (adafruit.com/product/4479) which is tracking a rare earth magnet that is in a channel under the surface. It follows the metal ball as it rolls around.
Progress photos. ImageImageImageImage
If you haven’t seen the kinetic chandelier… you can see my promo video here:

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12 Nov 20
I’m thrilled to finally introduce you to Motusphera. A kinetic chandelier I designed and built.

100 stainless steel mirrored spheres suspended by nigh-invisible filament. Each sphere can be positioned with high-precision stepper motors to within 0.5mm

The base is clad in mirrored stainless steel with no visible screws or fixtures, and measures only 3½ inches thin.

The continuous square line of seamlessly diffused light is RGB+CW+WW LED, at a stunning 95+ CRI. Image
Motusphera is the culmination of 4 years of thinking and prototyping. It has over 1,700 individual parts.

I have to thank @bradcerasani, @rickfillion, @debreuil and my dad for their hours upon hours of advice and help. 🙏🏻 Image
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21 Jun 20
Finally installed the switchable film I bought for the front doors. Coming soon: HomeKit/Siri integration l.
Since y’all are digging this, I’ll post some more information in a couple days on how it’s setup.
So here's how it comes from the seller. Very nicely packaged. Included the two pieces of film, the power supply, and a wireless remote. Also had a film smoothing tool for installation and some extra wire. RemotePower SupplyFilm rolls in box
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