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Garrett Mace, aka Macetech, built this LED NYE ball, using his own Macetech LED controller and Arduino shield kits (and a Seeduino). He writes:

I used six Satellite Modules (high power RGB LED arrays), six ShiftBars (three channel LED controllers), a Seeeduino, and a ShiftBrite Shield to build a New Year’s ball for our own mini Times Square event. The ball was a “sparkleball” made of about 120 16oz plastic cups hot-glued together. We threw a rope over a branch and lowered it at midnight…it lit up the whole yard!

2010 New Year’s ball

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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