Every apartment needs awesome furniture, so why not make your own? This coffee table contains LED strips that light up into various customizable patterns and colors. The lights are controlled by an Arduino and a hidden button, and the entire thing is battery powered so there are no cords.
If you don’t want to make your own table, you can also use the same code and circuitry to modify an existing table.
Arduino Mega – RadioShack 276-127
5x tricolor LED strips – RadioShack 276-339
8x AA batteries – RadioShack 23-2212
8x AA battery holder – RadioShack 270-387
Push button – RadioShack 275-644
Power switch – RadioShack 5505076 (online only)
10K ohm resistor – RadioShack 271-1126
Breadboard – RadioShack 276-149
Misc wires, connectors, and soldering supplies
Wood – for my table, maple and plywood
Wood screws (I used all #8, of various lengths)
Acrylic (abrasion-resistant, since it is a table and will be used)
Wood finish (I used Danish oil), brushes, and rags
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.