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September 27, 2009

CD-ROM Clock

at 4:11 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Here is good way to recycle some of those old CD-ROM drives that you probably have laying around. Jason Dorie took inspiration from my Hard Drive Clock for his build. You can see the details in these three posts. CD-ROM Clock Part 1, CD-ROM Clock Part 2, CD-ROM Clock Part 3.

“Basically I’m using the motor and CD holder from the drive, as well as most of the original chassis. I’ve hacked up the motor so an RC hobby brushless controller will spin it, and I’ve got a clear CD with a hand etched into it (you can see it in the ‘back’ image). I’m going to write some microcontroller code to run the motor, sense the RPM, and strobe some LED’s at the right time (like the hard drive clock does) to make the display.”