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Elizabeth M
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Could be a fun Christmas gift
Elizabeth M   11/9/2012 11:15:20 AM
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It's always interesting to me what clever engineering types can come up with just for the sheer pleasure of it. This is definitely something fun for people who want to personalize their wall decor. While it won't turn anyone into a Picasso, it's certainly worthwhile for entertainment purposes. It reminds me a bit of those digital picture frames, and like those I think it could make a cool Christmas gift (if it was on the market and affordable, of course!).

Ann R. Thryft
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Looks like fun
Ann R. Thryft   11/9/2012 1:28:04 PM
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This looks like a fun thing to come up with and to do. And the images or words can always be changed when you get tired of them.

Charles Murray
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Re: Could be a fun Christmas gift
Charles Murray   11/9/2012 6:29:51 PM
A rare combination of left-brain and right-brain talent!

NadineJ
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Love it!
NadineJ   11/12/2012 11:52:28 AM
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This looks like fun.  Great idea for waiting rooms.

78RPM
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Harvest some energy
78RPM   11/12/2012 9:36:37 PM
You know what would be fun?  Hang a weight on a rachet (like a pendulum grandfather clock) to spin a motor/generator to provide the electrical energy for this circuit.  Lose the AC mains line cord running up the wall.

Al
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Re: Harvest some energy
Al   11/13/2012 3:58:10 AM
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I like that idea, yes agree power cord is not ideal for this kind of application. The other option here would be battery power.

jcdammeyer
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Parts supply
jcdammeyer   11/13/2012 11:39:17 AM
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Novel use of a LED array.  Nice that Allied provided part numbers for the bits they do supply.  But it would be useful if the supplier of the non-allied parts were also part of the article.  Especially considering that the LED array is fundamental to the gadget.

Al
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Al   11/13/2012 10:45:10 PM
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oops, somehow that got missed, here's the link to the LED matrix, the project uses two of these guys https://www.adafruit.com/products/555

Al
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Re: Could be a fun Christmas gift
Al   11/13/2012 10:46:02 PM
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thanks! I think that's the best compliment I've received all year :-)

jcdammeyer
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Re: Parts supply
jcdammeyer   11/14/2012 12:35:15 AM
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Thanks.  Would make a great scrolling sign that shows what FM channel I use for the music I play with my blinking Christmas lights.

The RGB modules look really nice too.  Wish I had the time.

John

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