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Electronics Modification Programming

Adventures with Flippy the Flip-dot Display

Considering my next project, I wanted to make an electromechanical display using magnets. I turned to the internet for inspiration and quickly came across Flip-dot displays; solenoid driven pixels. A good starting point for what I wanted to do, I looked further. I found a 900mm, 56×7 display on eBay from a bus salvager (who […]

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Electronics Fabrication Mechanical Modification

SoundBar VU Meter Laminated Wooden Speaker

I felt that the battery powered Bluetooth speaker I made could be improved with more colour! Taking a leaf from the VU meters on amplifiers of the 80s, I decided it would be neat to sandwich clear acrylic between the plywood layers, each with an integrated LED that would form a full body amplitude meter. […]

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Fabrication Mechanical Modification

Bike Hub Pencil Holder

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Fabrication Mechanical Modification Programming

HDD Clock

With a cupboard full of old hard drives and some spare time, I recently set about making a persistence of vision clock. Using the platter of a hard disk, a slot is cut to allow backlighting to be emit. When the disk is spinning at 5400rpm+ and backlight constant, the disk appears opaque, as the […]

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MacBook Core Duo Goes Solid State

Why Replace My 2006 MacBook HDD with SSD My MacBook is the 2006 original; the white Core Duo 32bit. I got it upon starting University and that ended up taking six years. Amazingly, it is still going strong and whilst I want a nice retina MBP, it would be truly frivolous, given how well this […]

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Fabrication Modification

Van GPS Dash Integration

Those little window sucker things for GPSes and cables dangling everywhere get on my tits. Since getting the van, I’ve been intending a dash integration of sorts, whether completely containing a GPS unit, or building a CarPC with my Raspberry Pi, it was put on hold until I had some time. With the race season […]

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Modification

Musical Colours Update

I finally got around to completing my musical colours project: Make the prototype┬ápermanent┬áby building a perfboard arduino. I wanted to keep the standard 5050 controller for general van lighting, controllable by the IR remote. I did this by using another transistor as a switch for the 12v line into the controller. One of the routines […]

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Modification

Trafic iDevice Dash Dock