A nine-piece laser-cut birch sphere able to display 68 RGB LEDs.Designed by N1, Ships from United States of America
Have you ever wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve the traditional way—by dropping an LED ball? Now is your chance! This kit lets you build a wooden sphere out of nine laser-cut wooden parts. Later o...Read More…
Have you ever wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve the traditional way—by dropping an LED ball? Now is your chance! This kit lets you build a wooden sphere out of nine laser-cut wooden parts. Later on you can buy and add LEDs to the edges, giving you the LED ball of your dreams!
For the price you get the nine wooden shapes, plus the threaded rod, angle brackets, screw-eye, carabiner, nuts, and washers needed to make the LED sphere. Not included are the LED strands, the Arduino, and other wires and electronics–you get just wood and hardware.
The project uses 68 RGB Pixels, sold by Adafruit, as well as an Arduino to run the show. You can program your NYEball to control any pixel’s color and brightness individually, allowing all sorts of crazy animations and displays. Happy New Year!
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John Baichtal got his start writing blog posts for Wired's legendary GeekDad blog as well as the DIYer's bible MAKE Magazine. From there he branched out into authoring books about toys, tools, robots, and hobby electronics. He is the co-author of The Cult of Lego (No Starch) and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement as well as Basic Robot Building With Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (both from Que). Most recently he wrote Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE, collaborating with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler. He lives in Minneapolis, MN, with his wife and 3 children.