Community Corner – December 12, 2014: The Featured Projects from this Week
Featured Adafruit Google+ Community Project
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Mark Winney shared his 3D Printed Joystick project this week in our Community (along with a great GIF!):
A couple of months ago I picked up a Atari Flashback 2 from a charity store for $10. The only problem was that someone was so excited they broke the joysticks. What better use of a 3D printer than to generate new joystick parts.(read more)
…The project is (mostly) finished. I don’t know if it’s actually “steampunk” but it’s definitely steampunk inspired and I’d like to share it with you now….
The big brass speaker thingy is a “Klaxon” automobile horn from 1910 or 1911.
The buttons are brass doorbells. There are 30 of them. The buttons aren’t labeled but each button plays a sound that corresponds with the cicada in the case above. There are 30 cicadas (six high and five wide). The buttons are laid out the same way but separated by a speaker. If you want to hear the second cicada from the right on the fourth row up from the bottom, go up and over that many buttons….(read more)
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