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Party Like a Sci-Fi Billionaire with the Music-Sensing Light from Ex Machina

Now you can recreate the infamous dance scene from Ex Machina with some cardboard, LEDs, and Arduino.

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Dial is a Simple and Effective Wireless Media Controller

[Patrick] was looking for an easier way to control music and movies on his computer from across the room. There is a huge amount of remote control products that could be purchased to do this, but as a hacker [Patrick] wanted to make something himself. He calls his creation, “Dial” and it’s a simple but elegant solution to the problem.

Dial looks like a small cylindrical container that sits on a flat surface. It’s actually split into a top and bottom cylinder. The bottom acts as a base and stays stationary while the top acts as a dial and a push button. The case was designed in SOLIDWORKS and printed on a 3D printer.

The Dial runs on an Arduino Pro mini with a Bluetooth module. The original prototype used Bluetooth 2.0 and required a recharge after about a day. The latest version uses the Bluetooth low energy spec and can reportedly last several weeks on a single charge. Once the LiPo battery dies, it can be recharged easily once plugged into a USB port.

The mechanical component of the dial is actually an off-the-shelf rotary encoder. The encoder included a built-in push button to make things easier. The firmware is able to detect rotation in either direction, a button press, a double press, and a press-and-hold. This gives five different possible functions.

[Patrick] wrote two pieces of software to handle interaction with the Dial. The first is a C program to deal with the Bluetooth communication. The second is actually a set of Apple scripts to actually handle interaction between the Dial and the various media programs on his computer. This allows the user to more easily write their own scripts for whatever software they want. While this may have read like a product review, the Dial is actually open source!


Filed under: Arduino Hacks, peripherals hacks

Go to the Milwaukee Maker Faire and Solve the Laser Maze

If you want to channel your inner Catherine Zeta-Jones and give it a shot yourself, take a crack at the Laser Maze.

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Theater Safety Glasses

Watch horror movies without the fear of having to cover your eyes when things get scary with these ingenious Theater Safety Glasses created by Aisen Caro Chacin in collaboration with Shawn Lauriat.

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