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Gadget Freak: LED Matrix Helmet
8/17/2012

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armorris
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Cool gadget
armorris   8/17/2012 9:16:13 AM
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Way cool gadget! I would rather meet the kid that created it than the TI rep. The creator also did an excellent job on the documentation.

Charles Murray
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Re: Cool gadget
Charles Murray   8/17/2012 5:39:44 PM
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Congratulations, Carlos! The LED matrix is a nice touch.

John Duffy
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Other young builders
John Duffy   8/18/2012 1:10:33 PM
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Good to know that there are some other people that do this in high school.  Really great project too, I like the use of auto body filler to cover the helmet, as well as the use of cheap and avaliable materials like carboard instead of something expensive like cnc cut or 3-d printed parts.  Nice job!

NadineJ
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NadineJ   8/18/2012 6:29:55 PM
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Adorable.  I can't wait to hear about what he comes up with next!

mrdon
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mrdon   8/19/2012 2:36:31 PM
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I agree. It's amazing what kids are doing with electronics today. The MSP430 Launchpad is definitely a cool prototyping platform like the Arduino to build smart electronic gadgets. Awesome project!

mrdon
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Re: Cool gadget
mrdon   8/19/2012 3:20:40 PM
Hey Charles, great example of wearable electronics. Cool Gadget Freak project!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Other young builders
Rob Spiegel   8/20/2012 3:06:38 PM
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Good point, John. These really are great basis materials. Bondo. I didn't even know they still made Bondo.

AJ2X
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AJ2X   8/20/2012 4:13:40 PM
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That was a fun project!  I'm sure he makes a big impression wearing that while on a DJ gig.  It'd be fun to add some kind of voice-following algorithm to the display, so the visor looks like Kit, from the old Knight Rider TV show.  Tack on a voice-altering chip and you could go totally robotic!  That's the delight of projects like this -- it gets the imagination going.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   8/20/2012 8:43:00 PM
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I, too, remember Bondo, Rob. If you had an old car in the '70s, Bondo was always nearby. I didn't know they still made it, either.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   8/20/2012 9:02:25 PM
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Bondo was cool, Chuck. When I was young, I worked in an automaotive store that sold Bondo. A lot of lazy body guys would slap on tons of cheap Bondo rather than doing the more difficult work of pulling dents and smoothing the metal surface. That meant if you hit a good pot hole, whole chunks of Bondo would fall off your car.

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