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Bouncing Light Christmas Tree

Posted December 29, 2014 by Chris

"My project is a randomized bouncing light Christmas tree used to decorate for the Christmas season. This LED Christmas tree utilizes a 12 by 16 LED matrix mounted on a metal frame."

The Music Math Art and Science Electronic Book

Posted December 15, 2014 by Chris

"The Music,Math,Art and Science Electronic Book contains 4 pages that treat subjects like Music, Maths, Arts and Science and I thought it to be an inspiring introduction to the first year of Primary School that my niece will start this September. The book contains movable parts and uses the electrical capacitance of the human body to activate sounds and lights and other sensors."

Custom 5th Scale RC Bike Project

Posted November 7, 2014 by Chris

"This was my first attempt at making a rc bike chassis using carbon fibre was for a Thunder Tiger Electric RC motorbike. The original frame panels were scanned and then traced in Adobe Illustrator. I then modified the layout of the panels to reduce weight and then exported them for cutting on our milling machine."

Pumpkin PCB Files In KiCAD Format

Posted October 31, 2014 by Chris

"This year at the Seattle and Portland Mini Maker Faires I did a presentation on getting started with designing your own PCB using KiCAD. In this presentation as an example I created a pumpkin shaped PCB with a candle like flickering LED."

RGB LED Ping Pong Ball Light

Posted July 12, 2014 by Chris

"I did some more scrounging to create a mini Locnar using the LEDs from a Glade Light Show air freshener. The wall wart had previously been scrounged from this air freshener for the bread board power supply. Now we reuse part of the circuit board with the LEDs combined with what we learned in the Ping Pong Ball diffuser project to create a color changing orb."

Building A Polargraph

Posted July 6, 2014 by Chris

"As part of an graduate-level independent study course I am taking through my university’s Art department, I will creating a polargraph drawing machine and installing it in a public hallway for public viewing."

Robotic Light Painting with Raspberry Pi

Posted June 16, 2014 by Chris

"…I decided to give my Raspberry Pi something interesting and colourful to do – light painting. A happy day of geeking saw my brother and I pull together a wireless remote-controlled, battery-powered, Raspberry Pi light painting robot. It’s not perfect, but we think the initial results are pretty good for a day’s work and I thought I’d share some notes and photos in case anyone else is interested."

2 Hours LOVE Project

Posted June 15, 2014 by Chris

"I wanted to make a simple circuit for my lover, so I came up with using four 7-segment LEDs to make the word “LOVE” for her….List of materials: Four 7-segment LEDs, Resistors, A wooden prototype board, USB cable cord, Solder iron, Paper Clip, A plastic box, Red papers."

Wireless Persistence of Vision Device

Posted June 6, 2014 by Chris

"While many POV projects have been designed before, they tend to be very static. Often they only display one image or animation and usually have no interactivity. We set out to make a very modular multipurpose design. Our original goal was to make two different LED arrays, a 2D version with RGB LEDs and a 3D version that uses monochrome LEDs."

32×8 Yellow LED Matrix

Posted May 12, 2014 by Chris

"I’ve been messing around with electronics lately (after all, that’s what I’m studying 😛 ), and this is the result! A 32×8 LED Matrix controlled by a PIC18F2550. You can click in the pictures for full size! At the end of the post there is a video of the screen running."