Yesterday the boys & I took some old toys & such to Goodwill. We went into the store hoping to find something metal (and cheap) that we could cut with the plasma cutter 🙂
We didn’t find anything to cut, but I did find some cool stuff, including a keyboard stand (my 7 year old just started keyboard classes) and some powered computer speakers that we will strip for parts to use in Lou’s Hockey Scoreboard.
My 10 year old found a cool costume Starfighter helmet for $2 and brought it home. He was wearing it around the house when I noticed that it looked as if it had LEDs across the top of the helmet. I joked that we could put real LEDs in…next thing I know we’ve got the helmet on the drill press 🙂
Pics & Video…
|Side view – need to clean off that sticker mess..|
|LEDs in place of the red paint…|
|Bent the LED cathodes to act as part of common ground…|
|Used some black wire to tie all the cathodes together…|
|We were constructing AND watching “The Invincible Iron Man” animated movie on Blu-Ray…
this is a power-on test of all the LEDs
|I used my favorite patch cable – Cat5 – to tie the anodes to the Modified “Pico” Arduino which is tucked in the back of the helmet|
|Better shot of the Pico Arduino|
|USB charging kit that uses 4 rechargeable AAs and a retractable mini-usb cable for power.
It even has an on/off switch 🙂
|Blue tape – one of my favorite construction materials…|
|I used adhesive velcro to hold the Pico in place.|