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Over at Baltimore Hackerspace, Jeffrey Nelson has been designing a showcard laser projector called the LaserShark. It’s based on a LPC1343 – 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller, with other essential components added and populated to a circuit board of his own design. The device is controlled using the OpenLase software.

From Jeffrey’s site:

This board is intended to be a low cost open-source USB Showcard for folks who want to make their own 1 or 2 analog/ttl laser projector. To use it, you will need to make or obtain:
One or two lasers capable of TTL or (ideally) 0-5v analog modulation and power supplies for the lasers
Galvos, galvo amplifiers, galvo amplifier heatsinks, and a power supply for these components. For a cheap source of galvos, ebay is a good spot to check. I would suggest getting as high Kpps units as you can afford (at least 20).
Computer with usb port.

Jeffrey’s project makes sharp-looking single color projections now, but stay tuned because he’s working on a full color model.

[via Hacked Gadgets]

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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.


  • http://gravatar.com/mupeg mupeg

    Great work! Sharks with lasers!

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  • Bill

    Hook this up to laserMAME!

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