Here’s a simple project to build if you happen to have a spare Arduino laying around and are just about to polish off a box of your favorite breakfast cereal. The ‘tv’ chassis is retro and quick – great for beginners to get making without worrying too much about the enclosure – and I dig the animation the 7-segment display does at the end of the countdown.
Want a way to spice up your New Year’s Eve party?
Build this 10 minute countdown clock!
Skill level: Intermediate.
Time : 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
For this project we are using an Arduino, momentary switch, power plug, 4 digit 7 segment display and some cardboard. There are 4 main steps : Cardboard TV assembly, Arduino software upload, hardware & soldering and then final assembly.
Thanks Todd for sending this in!
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