Archive for the ‘POV Toy’ Category

ATtiny85 POV display

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Vishalapr made this Instructables detailing the build of his DIY POV Display based on ATtiny85: The first time I saw a POV (Persistence Of Vision) display was on a show called FAQ on TV. The POV display consisted of an oscillating shaft with 6 LED's mounted on the end of the shaft. Since then I...

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Handheld POV toy

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here's a handheld POV toy packed into an Altoids tin. The brain of this device is a Parallax SX microcontroller, while it's powered with two AAA batteries. 7 LEDs provide the POV display that is capable of storing 32 messages. There are 32 message slots — 16 are straight hard...

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BitBltBlade – WiFi controlled POV lightsaber

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Madox designed the BitBltBlade, a WiFi controlled POV lightsaber designed to display images in conjunction with long exposure photography. The BitBltBlade uses the hackable TP-Link TL-WR703N router and Kean’s USB Expander board to wirelessly control a strip of RGB LEDs. The concept of operation is that the user would use their...

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WORKSHOP VIDEO #21: USB POV Toy calibration tests

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

[embed][/embed] Today we play around with the latest USB POV Toy hardware and firmware. The POV Toy is a persistence of vision (not division...) device, but we added some special features. First, a USB connection makes it effortless to upload new patterns. Second, an inexpensive accelerometer actively detects the waving...

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Workshop video #05: USB Persistence of Vision Toy firmware

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

[embed][/embed] After more than a year of off and on development, there's finally a working firmware for the USB Persistence of Vision Toy. With a bit more tweaking we'll be ready to release the code. This week's workshop video is an overview of the POV Toy project. Displays pattern or...

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7400 competition entry: Discrete logic POV clock

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Matt's entry in the Open 7400 Logic competition: Discrete logic POV clock. This persistence-of-vision clock was built entirely out of discrete logic chips. The design consists of three boards, a LED array and a drive motor. The digit board keeps the time while the display board controls the LEDs. The digit board Every...

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uPOV persistence of vision with an accelerometer

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

uPOV is a persistence of vision device with an accelerometer. This is the same concept we're trying for with the USB POV Toy. The problem I had with most of the current POV units is that they required skill to use effectively, timing your swings so that the message only...

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Pyro propeller clock POV

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Chris from PyroElectro writes:After having seen so many propeller clock POV videos on Youtube, but no real description of how they work or how to build your own, I set out to make one and document how it was built. The Pyro Propeller Clock POV design criteria was short and...

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USB POV Toy: miniscope v3

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We wanted an easy way to see the accelerometer data from the USB POV Toy. We made a simple firmware that works with the miniscope v3 oscilloscope program. Instead of sending voltage readings, it sends the accelerometer data from one axis. This screenshot shows the change in readings while we...

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USB POV Toy: Soldered prototype

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here's the soldered prototype of the USB POV Toy.  The first power up exploded a backwards tantalum capacitor with an impressive spark, but after that was sorted everything seems to be ok. The tiny MMA7455L accelerometer took a few tries to solder, but now we can access it with the...

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Recent Comments

  • gant: They still have a couple of the more expensive (but still considerably cheap) 5S-I-S01 in stock...
  • readybrek: Anyone got a any recommendations for a budget-priced hot air station?
  • William: lol I'm happy to waste 3c for each program/debug cycle... but probably not the time spent soldering a new device down to a proto board!...
  • Joe Desbonnet: Ya, I can recommend the low melting point solder. I used brand 'ChipQuik' and it's amazingly easy to use.
  • Jerome: I need a new BusPirate for the Fablab ;) Many thanks!