Category Archives: Bright Ideas

Bright ideas: wifi-enabled, neopixel bedroom clock

Vance joined the Hackspace just before Christmas and has wasted no time in completing his first project. In that time he has mastered use of the laser-cutter, got to grips with programming wifi-enabled ESP8266 chips, designed his first printed circuit board, had it made by a board-house, and brought it all together in this ingenious bedroom clock.

Laser-cut, wifi-programmable, RGB-LED, light-sensitive clock

Laser-cut, wifi-programmable, RGB-LED, light-sensitive bedroom clock

The time is represented with twelve radial segments of frosted acrylic that are lit in red, green and blue according to the positions of the hour, minute and second hands. As the hands pass each other they combine to illuminate the room with an ever-changing pattern of coloured light (see video below). What’s more, he has made all the CAD design files for the parts, the code, and the PCB design in a repository and written a blog post to document how he did it.

A brilliant project Vance –  great idea, great design, great finish, brought together at great speed. You’re making the rest of us look like amateurs!

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Bright Ideas: Bike-themed lights for low-key gig

When our friends at Reading Bike Kitchen decided to hold a low-key Sofar Sounds gig at their place, we were only too happy to help hack together some bike-themed lighting for the event. Using a mixture of bike lights, LED strip that we had lying around, and bits of bike we made a mixture of set-ups including this chandelier.

Chandelier made from bike wheel and LED strip

Chandelier made from bike wheel and LED strip

More pics after the break.

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