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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.


Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. TheCaptain says:

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

  2. Marc de Vinck says:

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

  3. Steve says:

    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.

  4. jeff-o says:

    Very cool gift. The Arduino is overkill though.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      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.