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PCB Cyberpunk Construction Set

2020-11-24

[Geeek Club] has a Kickstarter for a cyberpunk PCB construction set that uses 2d PCB panels soldered together to form artistic cyberpunk themed models.

The models themselves aren't moveable but the circuit boards look to have some functional LEDs.

pcb cyberpunk construction

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Analog Terminal Bell

2020-11-24

[Aaron Patterson] creates a USB controlled terminal bell.

terminal bell

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Flexball

2020-11-19

Flexball

flexball

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Smarch Glasses

2020-11-13

[samsonmarch] creates a pair of custom smart glasses to help with GPS navigation.

smarch glasses

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3D Printed Light Marquee

2020-11-10

[Duke Doks] creates a 3D printed light marquee.

3d light marquee

The fonts are extruded and the letters re-positioned to have overlap. Each of the digits is then glued to the other, with access for the LED strip.

The LED strip is glued to the side and a 3D printed inset diffusor is positioned on top. Each digit has a small platform to make sure the inset diffusor is positioned correctly.

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Beating Heart

2020-11-10

[_caseyhunt_] creates an Arduino powered "beating heart" from a Smooth-On silicon mold of a heart and a small 9g servo motor:

beating heart

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Infinity Mirror RGB LED Mask

2020-11-02

[Norman Wink] uses infinity mirrors, RGB LEDs and 3D printing to create a Halloween mask.

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PCB 16 Segment Display

2020-11-02

[openKolibri] creates a sixteen segment display made of stacked PCBs.

sixteen segment display

The sixteen segment display is a 100mm x 67mm display made from four stacked PCBs, with the top PCB being used as a diffusor. There are 128 0603 SMT LEDs that are driven from a TM1640 driver.

See openKolibri's website for purchasing options.

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Art Deco Earrings

2020-11-02

[sawaiz] creates art deco earrings that are motion sensitive.

art deco earring

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Cyborg Ring

2020-11-02

[zakqwy] creates a cyborg ring.

cyborg ring

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LED Face Mask

2020-10-30

[Chelsea Klukas] creates a full face mask of RGB LEDs (for ~$160)

lumen couture full face mask

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Split Flap

2020-10-28

A DIY and free/libre version of a split flap display

splitflap

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Mini Word Clock

2020-10-26

A mini word clock that could potentially be used as a wrist watch.

clock squared mini plate

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Tiny PCB Violin

2020-10-25

[Alexandra Covor] creates a tiny violin that plays songs from an onboard piezo-electic buzzer.

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MIT licenced under GitHub.

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PCB Stat Tracker

2020-10-24

[25albert] has created a table top role playing game (TTRPG) stat tracker.

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The board uses the PCB as a diffusor for the underlying LEDs. In addition, the top layer PCB overhang's flex is used to press the underlying tactile switch, creating a nicer user interface.

[25alpbert] gives credit to [Nick Poole] for the clever PCB tips and tricks.

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"Can The Subaltern Speak" Batting Eyelash Mask

2020-10-24

[Behnaz Farahi] gives details on the making of the "Can The Subaltern Speak?" mask.

Behnaz Farahi's Batting Eyelash Mask

[Behnaz Farahi] writes:

This project is inspired by ... masks worn by the Bandari women from southern Iran. ... these masks were developed during Portuguese colonial rule, as a way of protecting ... from the gaze of slave masters looking for pretty women. ... from a contemporary perspective, they can be seen as ... protecting women from patriarchal colonial oppression.

Here the ‘wink’ of the sexual predator is subverted into a language to protect women from the advances of a predator. ...

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Sensor LED Ring

2020-10-24

[Joey Castillo] is working on an RGB LED sensor ring.

RGB LED Ring

[Joey Castillo] writes:

... it's four Dotstar LED's and an LIS2DH accelerometer. ...

Still some issues to work through though:

the big fail so far: for some reason the SPI Flash chip isn't working, so I don't have room for both the LIS3DH and Dotstar libraries ... running a rainbow demo, instead of reacting to motion like I'd hoped.

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Ghosts and Bats Wire Pendent LEDs

2020-10-24

[@jipraus] creates wire ghost and bat LED pendents for halloween:

Ghost and Bat LEDs

[@jiipraus] also has a 10-minute youtube video on the build.

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Candy Launcher

2020-10-24

[@GeekMomProjects] uses laser cut parts and a patchwork of motors, gears and drums to launch mini candies.

Candy Launcher

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[@GeekMomProjects] writes:

... 3D printed cylinders with grooves for the orange rubber O-rings which I purchased. It's the kind of mechanism my son's VEX robotics team usually uses when their robot has to launch projectiles, so I figured it would work for this application.

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Singing Bowls and Servos

2020-10-24

[Helen Leigh] uses singing bowls, servos, LEGOs and electronics to create tranquility.

Singing Bowls and Servos

[Helen Leigh] writes:

I'm using a #microbit, a prototype of an extremely cute #LEGO compatible microbit breakout board from @BrownDogGadgets (which u can get on Kickstarter for approximately 15 more hours) and a pair of Geek servos.

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