User AUTUIN at Free Geek Vancouver took apart a Coleman TV Lantern and mounted the guts inside a 1950’s era radio. In doing so, he used the Arduino TV Out library to make the screen stream algorithmically generated Buckminster Fuller-esque quotations that are saved to an SD card.

This is a sound example of case-modding, where the builder took great pains to mount all of the components sturdily, not to mention the physical hacking of the CRT to accept the Arduino’s video stream. There’s extensive documentation of the process if you’re curious to know more.


Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


    Thanks for the post! A minor correction: it’s not displaying Bucky quotes, it’s algorithmically generating new (incomprehensible and perplexing) Bucky text.


    (Also FYI: your link to Free Geek Vancouver has a typo.)

  • Michael Colombo

    Duly noted, and amended!

  • John Edgar Park

    This is a really nicely done project, great job — I’d love to build one for myself. Thanks for sharing it.

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