Leds & Light Hacks

How to: Laser Projector inside a Lighter

How to: Laser Projector inside a Lighter

The following is a post by Rog8811, our lasers expert. As a designer and engineer I am always looking for ways of converting everyday items into cool gadgets. This iconic lighter, known around the world, is the Zippo flip-top lighter. Having...
How to: Huge Christmas Music & Light Display

How to: Huge Christmas Music & Light Display

We all dream of building a massive, neighborhood dominating musical Christmas light display.  A seasoned Christmas display pro has filmed a behind the scenes tutorial showing you the magic.‚  Although the new LED lights are now...
Interactive Touch Sensitive Mirror

Interactive Touch Sensitive Mirror

In an effort to further develop Human-Computer interactivity, this group of researchers developed their own interactive mirror.  The touch tracking is exceptional, allowing users to create artistic masterpieces right on the mirror.  This...
Super Nintendo Toaster LED Case Mod

Super Nintendo Toaster LED Case Mod

Simple building materials are all you really need.  A Super NES, a few adhesives, magnets ripped from a broken hard drive, a bunch of resistors, six orange LEDs, plexiglass, and some spare wire. He used the temperature control knob of the toaster...
Miniature Wonderland: World’s Largest Model Railway

Miniature Wonderland: World’s Largest Model Railway

Miniature wonderland is the largest model railway in the world and also the most successful permanent exhibitions. The miniature wonderland started growing in 2001 and is continuing to do so. At first, the layout spanned Switzerland, Australia,...
PSP Hacks: Sound Activated LED Light Mod

PSP Hacks: Sound Activated LED Light Mod

We’ve seen a wide range of PSP hacks since the handheld was released varying from the simple (adding button LEDs) to the more complex (add a PS2 controller).  Although this may seem like a complex hack, it requires simple circuitry and basic...
Extreme LED Synthesizer Piano Mod

Extreme LED Synthesizer Piano Mod

Take an old upright piano, gut the innards, stuff a high tech synth and keyboard inside, add sexy blue LED lights and presto, you’ve got yourself one incredible pimped piano synthesizer. The author has some great documentary photos of the entire...
Fantastic 3D Visualization Wiremap

Fantastic 3D Visualization Wiremap

Using nothing but a few threads and a projector, you can create what’s called a wiremap which is a 3d visualization of light. For such a simple setup, the results are downright fantastic.  The video above is just a small sample of what the...
Portable Four Color Laser

Portable Four Color Laser

My latest work using three lasers (red, green, blu-ray) combined with optics from a HD DVD drive mounted in something called an white fusion kit. I designed a driver circuit to control the lasers with PWM from a PIC to make millions of colours and...
High Voltage Plasma Light Bulb Experiments

High Voltage Plasma Light Bulb Experiments

Demonstration Material is Dangerously-Stupid, do not try this yourself.  From http://www.slightlymadscience.com Turning a light bulb into a plasma ball. To limit the amount of electricity that goes into the transformer, there's a 200 watt light...