Ambient LED flowerpot clock

Arduino Craft & Design Technology
Ambient LED flowerpot clock

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending my first Dorkbot Austin, at Cafe Mundi on E. 5th St. At least fifty were in attendance, and six people presented original work, most of which I’ll be blogging over the next few days. First up, I wanted to mention this luminous flowerpot clock, with LED pistils and modeling-clay petals, by Flickr user Spyderella, aka Sharon Cichelli. It flip-flops two of seven LEDs to mark the hours, and gradually illuminates the remaining five at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes past. It’s controlled by an external Arduino for prototyping purposes, but eventually will be entirely self-contained. There’s video here. Sharon credits Syuzi Pakhchyan’s Fashioning Technology for inspiration.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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