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Friday, December 28, 2012

What Fun for the Holidays! Arduino Style!!

So for Christmas I received a ladyada's electronics bento box from adafruit.com and some awesome parts for my Arduino and random projects. After getting some pink LEDs (no I did not ask for pink) I have been tasked with building a nightlight for my oldest daughter. The final project will be on a protoboard and will be under some fabric in the shape of a flower. I was working on building it with an Uno but realized I could more simply build a circuit that would turn on in the dark with a transistor and a few spare parts. You can see from the pic below the final circuit is fairly simple.Here is a picture of the light and the 5V regulator circuit I made. This is where the first prototype was made the second version is in use in my daughters room. I will try to get a picture of it soon.



I also got a range sensor and have created a reactive color changing light. The light changes what colors it cycles between and the speed at which it changes based on how far away people are from it. I have included pictures below. I will post the code when I have it all worked out and running how I want it to. All in all I have to say it has been a fun Christmas and a good year I now have some good tools and parts and great plans for my little Arduino.



The light circuit

The distance sensor

All the parts together in the bento (please excuse the messy corner of my desk)