MAKE’s Collin Cunningham really impressed me with this short film “A Date With Peggy,” a story of an overworked hacker finding relaxation through his craft.
After a frustrating day at the office, it feels good to go make something that simply works.
(playing with a bunch of ultra-bright LEDs doesn’t hurt either)
The Peggy kit from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is sort of like a big kid’s Light Bright. It’s a large 25×25 array that you can wire LEDs into however you like, without worrying about details like load resistors. The LEDs aren’t individually addressable, but you do have some programatic control over the whole array, and there’s a built in light sensor that you can use to adjust the display based on light conditions.