Leds & Light Hacks

Interactive, Multi-Touch Bar Counter

Interactive, Multi-Touch Bar Counter

The iBar is an intelligent touch surface display which let’s patrons interact with it while they enjoy a drink.  Similar to Microsoft Surface, the system detects when you place objects upon it and re-acts accordingly. How it works: Basically,...
DIY Interactive LED Stair Lighting

DIY Interactive LED Stair Lighting

Learn how to spice up your boring staircase with interactive LEDs to illuminate each step. As the video above demonstrates, the LED lights switch on one at a time when a person begins their journey up or down the stairs. The lights get...
Nintendo DS LED and Force Feedback Mod

Nintendo DS LED and Force Feedback Mod

Here’s another superb mod from f00f00 detailing the process of adding force-feedback to a stock Nintendo DS using LEDs and a vibration motor.  With limited space inside the DS, he used all surface mount parts and a circuit board smaller than a...
PSP Mod with LEDs and VU Meter

PSP Mod with LEDs and VU Meter

For the part of the mod, you can learn how to make a custom surface mount PCB to install an LED audio meter in your PSP.  We’ve covered a variety of VU meters in the past which illuminate LEDs based upon the intensity (volume units) of an...
DIY Virtual Windows & IR LEDs + Wiimote

DIY Virtual Windows & IR LEDs + Wiimote

Why wake up to the same view each day if you can wake up somewhere different?  Using a Wiimote, Mac, and infrared LEDs, you can create your own virtual windows which change as you move locations within the room.  You can download WinScape for...
Superb 3-Axis LEDs Ball

Superb 3-Axis LEDs Ball

Let’s face it, LEDs are the reason most of us got into electronics in the first place .   This superb project uses one blue, red, and green LED and spins them on three different axes.  A complex project with stunning rave-like results...
DIY: LEDs Flash to the Beat of your Music

DIY: LEDs Flash to the Beat of your Music

This would definitely be an awesome addition to any party. Using an output from your computer or speakers, you can hook up a few LEDs, and they’ll pulsate to the beat of your music. You can expand upon this and hook this entire thing up to...
Peggy 2.0 LED Array Running Video at 30 fps

Peggy 2.0 LED Array Running Video at 30 fps

This is a demonstration of my modified Peggy 2.0 LED sign. In this video I'm using a custom Quartz Composer plugin that transforms movie frames to a serial stream to pipe 30+fps video to the display. More information (plus pictures/videos) at...
Make a Digital Memory Wall

Make a Digital Memory Wall

Go from dusty photo albums to live-streaming memories!  The techno-gurus of tech makeover show My Home 2.0 built this FiOS-networked memory wall. It lets you stream hundreds of photos on multiple monitors, refreshing every minute. For complete...
DIY Pixelator Art Project in NYC

DIY Pixelator Art Project in NYC

Pixelator is an unauthorized on-going video art performance collaboration with the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, Clear Channel Communications, and its selected artists. Since 2003, the MTA has made available for exhibition purposes...