I purchased a Monovelo Monowheel a few years back. I believe they were first seen in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The company that made them sold them to the public afterward. They come with or without leds in them already. If you get one with, you have 3 choices. Red, White, or Blue.
I didn’t like that I couldn’t control the lights inside. I wanted it to do some patterns and different colors and whatnot. So I stripped out what was inside, and rebuilt the LEDs from scratch, and this is what came of it.
This instructable will be in flux, as I am learning as I go, and will update the instructable as I feel things should be. I also have a few additions I want to add to the LEDs which haven’t happened yet, and as I add them, they will show up here.
Some of those ideas are…
Adding a hall effect sensor to determine the speed of the rotating wheel to be able to time the light patterns to look still.
Put some sort of bluetooth with audio processing so the patterns will light up to music i am playing on my ipod/iphone.
Add a removable LCD faceplate that would ultimately allow me to pick from several preprogrammed patterns on the go! I could switch back and forth from the audio processing pattern to the programmed in pattern and vise versa without having the laptop around.
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