Electronic Gadget News: Light flashers/blinkers

Gadget Master hand crafts particle accelerator!

Full marks to this project for an attention grabbing title – a handmade particle accelerator. They’re looking for the Higgs boson particle down in the LHC near Geneva, but recently a more modestly crafted particle accelerator was displayed at a Milanese department store, as part of Milan Design Week. The…

Read More

MonkeyLectric Video Pro LED bike wheel display

We flagged this one before – SpikePOV – Bicycle LED persistence of vision – with SpokePOV, or “persistence of vision for your bike”, being a way to have a bit of fun driving LED lights to improve your bike’s visibility. Well here’s another great video of the system in action, featuring…

Read More

Build your own LED cube

Back to In the (LED) light >> This month’s featured Gadget Master is provided by an old favourite of the blog, Peter Griffiths. He shares all the details necessary to build your own 5 x 5 LED cube. Construct your own programmed light display Once again, the project…

Read More

Peter plots an LED UFO chaser

Peter Griffiths – the man who made a lamp into a work of art and turned to LEDs for F1 gantry start-lights – returns with some LED chasing. This neat little circuit provides 8 LEDs directly driven from the PIC along with a single mode control switch. The firmware described drives…

Read More

Hans' Nixie clock takes a step back in time

Return to Time is slipping away Back in the days of the Berlin Wall, these Nixie tubes were manufactured by a now long-forgotten company. Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and Hans Summers found them stocked by an antique electronics part company. Originally painted red, the coating from…

Read More

Simple Christmas-tree lights tester

Why is that you always test 48 bulbs before you find the bad one in a 50-light string? This simple circuit allows you to divide and conquer, greatly reducing the time it takes to find the bad bulb…

Read More

Automatic headlight brightness switch

Driving with high-beam headlights will ensure your visibility in the coming winter months, but they’ll blind any driver who’s coming from the other direction. The automatic headlight brightness switch can be wired into your headlight switch to provide automatic switching between high and low beam headlights when…

Read More

Lights, camera ... staircase!

From Alan Parekh’s tome of knowledge, comes the stair lighting kit. The lighting control unit is microcontroller based, so a self-contained computer controls the device. The stair lights are connected to the control unit and an Infrared transmitter and receiver are utilised at the top and bottom of…

Read More