Good Chuck, Bad Chuck, Nunchucks.

For my final project, I experimented with Persistence of Vision (POV) using the Adafruit MiniPOV3 kit. Here are a few photos of me soldering the boards.

010203My original idea was to embed these LEDs into sleeves of clothing so when one waves their arms, words would appear in air. After coding the PCBs & furiously waving my arms, I realized this may not be the best application. I attached the PCB to a stick & waved it for a photo. It displayed a word, but it was forward & backward. I also attached them to the inside of an umbrella, which was mildly successful.



Eventually I concluded that nunchucks would be a great application for the POV boards. I created a quick prototype before creating the final nunchucks.



When a ninja encounters a confrontation, he/she can choose to display a good or bad message depending on their mood & situation. One nunchuck is light toned (good message) & one nunchuck is dark toned (bad message). This is an epic tale of a hero & his external as well as internal struggles of what is good & what is bad.

Final Project Inspiration

Thoughts for my final project started with a 3D printed or laser cut playable record. Which I found out that this guy made some for the Fisher Price record player that are pretty awesome. Check out Prosthetic Knowledge here.

I also came across this really great project where a listener can create their own song by drawing on a paper record. Check out DYSKOGRAF here.

The other idea I have is experimenting with LED’s & persistence of vision. There’s an iPhone app, which I downloaded & doesn’t really work.

The Adafruit site has some awesome examples of what is possible with LEDs & a Raspberry Pi by mounting it on a bike.

I’m going to attempt to get the same great effect by embedding LEDs into clothing (sleeves of a jacket, legs of pants, etc). Could be good for halloween costumes or running at night. I am even thinking this could be cool on gloves or brassknuckes.