My son was learning about stars and constellations in daycare and we realized that he is always in bed before it really gets dark outside, so I had the crazy maker-dad thought, lets build a realtime planetarium night light…
The pieces are actually pretty straight forward, big LED, LCD panel, some optics and something to make the pretty pictures (the Raspberry Pi v3). I will use the Pi’s GPIO to switch the LED (via MOSFET) and detect light level in the room (via LDR).
TFP401 HDMI/DVI Decoder to 40-Pin TTL Breakout – Without Touch: It’s a mini HDMI decoder board! So small and simple, you can use this board as an all-in-one display driver for TTL displays, or perhaps decoding HDMI/DVI video for some other project. This breakout features the TFP401 for decoding video, and for the touch version, an AR1100 USB resistive touch screen driver. Read more.
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