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A few weeks ago I made this get well gift for a good friend of mine, Gareth Branwyn. I took a few pictures, and a quick video, just to document it prior to shipping it off. I wasn’t sure if I should blog it, but then I talked with Gareth today and he asked me to post it up on MAKE. So here it is! I hope you all like it as much as I liked making it.


  • TheCaptain

    Nice… but i wonder how many times that got flagged for security checks during the shipping process.

  • Marc de Vinck

    Not sure, sent it via USPS and it made it unscathed.

  • Steve

    Hey I was wondering if you had any documentation about that led segment board you are using in this project. I found one that is just like it but couldn’t find any information on how to use it. Thanks, looks like a pretty awesome project.

  • jeff-o

    Very cool gift. The Arduino is overkill though.

    • Marc de Vinck


      That is a really interesting, and valid, point. The Arduino is overkill, but it is also the perfect solution. I have very limited time, as my work and home life keep me very busy.

      I was able to wire up and program the Arduino in less that 5 minutes. (that’s no exaggeration thanks to all the awesome libraries) I can’t say that about any other system.

      The cost can be a factor, but when you consider it costs about $50+ to send a get well gift of flowers, candy, etc, the Arduino looks like a nice, and less costly, solution…..never mind he can hack/modify/destroy later! :)

      Flowers != Arduino

      One thing that is rarely taken into consideration is the value of time. Time is very valuable to me, and that is a big reason I choose to use the Arduino for so many of my projects.

      I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on this topic, as I find it really interesting.

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