Coffee + arduino + LEDs the new morning three in one

LED matrixes are used as scrolling lights to scroll news and advertisements, some are used to show iconic images like pacman and the likes. These have one thing in common – size they are relatively small. And now is the time upsize things, we don’t want an 8 x 8 array, nor a 16 x 16 we want a 64 x 32! Just enough to spice up the morning coffee. Using an old IKEA couch, an arduino and lots and lots of bicolor LEDs Tobi gave life to his lonesome coffee time. The displayed are inter connected (4 data lines shared), which makes their latching action in sync – the first LED array is distinguished from the other LED arrays using the sync and CS control pins. This one of … Continue reading

The Extreme Fun With tinyCylon Kit!

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You always thought that you can make different LED flashing patterns with several red LEDs, but you don’t know the exactly way to do it? Well, here is a solution for you. You can see on the above figure, this tinyCylon is indeed really tiny, where its length even shorter than the LED’s total length! For your information, this tinyCylon kit is coming with five red LEDs, an Atmel ATtiny13 microcontroller and a 4.5V DC battery pack. Do you believe that you can make the tinyCylon into a very, very tiny tinyCylon with a few modifications? Yep, you really can do it! First of all, you can choose the surface mount LED as the replacement for the kit’s T-1 LEDs, where any 0805 package SMD LED should work fine. And, … Continue reading

Decorate Your Home With This Sparkling Christmas Lights Controller!

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You would like to buy the Christmas lights in the local store, but you just can’t buy it, as you want to save more money for the emergency use? Well, if you still want to decorate your house with the colorful and sparkling Christmas lights, then you might want to check out this following DIY Christmas Lights Controller. The biggest advantage of using this DIY Christmas lights controlled with the .NET Micro Framework is it allows you to have the full access LEDs controlling. In this case, you can come up with numerous lights sparkling patterns than the ordinary Christmas lights controller that you buy at the store! Furthermore, this project is also children-friendly, where it means that kids of all ages can have a go at building the hardware … Continue reading

Colorful and Fully Remote Controlled RGB Light Bulbs Lamp

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Would you like to have fun with the RGB light bulbs? Did you know that with a DIY RGB light bulbs lamp, you could create a lot of fun moment, no matter where you are and what you did? Honestly, most of the home hobbyists will start to involve themselves with the RGB light bulbs lamp because it’s a very simple and low cost project. As a result, this is the project that suitable to everyone, either for amateurs or experts! The RGB light bulb lamp is fully remote controlled, where a large spectrum of colored light can be made by mixing light from bulbs colored in three colors: red, green and blue. As a result, this one is not based on LEDs but it’s based on 3x60W 220/110 Vac … Continue reading

Mini Flash – It Might Be Tiny But Powerful!

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You’re bored with the recently projects and you like something different? Ok, how about the “Mini Flash” here? Would you like to keep yourself busy with this creative and innovative project? For your information, Mini Flash is a programmable LED Sequencer/Flasher and it’s based around the PICAXE 08M microcontroller. Well, it’s a spin-off of the Pro Flash Programmble LED Flasher/Sequencer, which is based around the larger Picaxe 18X microcontroller (Well, larger doesn’t mean better, isn’t it?) Theoretically, the Mini Flash will sport the same features, as the larger Pro-Flash controller. The only difference here is it can only control 4 LED channels instead of 8 LED channels. The controller is well programmable in a BASIC-like language, where it’s very similar to the “Basic Stamp.” Beside that, the ability to reprogram … Continue reading