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February 2, 2009

Reverse Engineering the Message Mate Spinning Display

at 5:42 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks

 

It’s interesting to see what makes electronic items tick. You have probably seen one of these Message Mate spinning displays before. It is a simple fan that operates using a small DC motor that is spun using three AA batteries. What makes it interesting is it also has a programmable LED display! Michael from Extreme NXT Reverse Engineered the Message Mate Spinning Display and is now sharing it with everyone to learn from.

"The plastic nose cone of the fan is easily pried off and the clear polyvinyl chloride fan blades removed to reveal the flexible circuit board with the array of LEDs.  The LEDs are directly wire bonded to the circuit board and then some clear epoxy added to protect the connections.  In addition to being the least expensive method, it also reduces the weight of the assembly.  If the discrete LEDs had been purchased in surface mount packages and then soldered, it would have not only been more expensive, but also have been considerably heavier."


February 1, 2009

iPhone using ioBridge to Monitor and Control Fish Tank

at 6:21 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

It seems that this ioBridge module is getting quite popular. I haven’t played with one yet but I have already seen a cool iPod Touch controlled shooting range built with it, a toaster that is connected to Twitter, machine to feed your dog a treat through the internet and many more items every month. The video above is a by Pete from WaveJam Technologies, he has used an ioBridge to control his fish tank lights, video camera and pirate chest using an iPhone. He can watch the live feed on the iPhone and press soft buttons on the iPhone to interact with the tank. I look forward to see what is made next with this ioBridge.


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