0

Check Out Mindtribe’s Custom LED Coaster! | #ManufacturingMonday @Mindtribe

The coaster is powered by the STM32L433 and includes four ALS-PT19 light sensors and a 2Ah lipo battery for plenty of LED glowy goodness. (It’s also a great story of rush prototyping and make-it-happen mentality.)

It is with great sadness that we saw the recent departure of Adam, one of our longest-serving team members, from Mindtribe last month. He was such a large part of the team and there was no way we were letting him leave empty-handed. This is the illuminating (ha, pun intended!) story of how we took a special gift from concept to production in just two weeks

DISCLAIMER: This is not for the faint of heart! You will hear of tried and tested core design principles being disobeyed, blood-pressure raising schedules and an MVP being redefined as the maximum viable product. Take this as an example of why we have these practices in place.

T-MINUS 16 DAYS UNTIL ADAM’S DEPARTURE: CONCEPT GENERATION

It’s no secret at Mindtribe that I have a particular penchant for lasers and LEDs. I had recently discovered some RGB LEDs which are just 1x1x0.65mm – that is the definition of crazy small. This, combined with an LED matrix controller from ISSI, made for an interesting weekend project of mine. The result was an 8×8 RGB LED matrix that measured 16x16mm. Showing my latest flashy LED widget around the office got some “oohs and aahs,” especially from Adam. Who isn’t mesmerized by rainbow fades?!

For the Mindtribe holiday gift last year, we created a custom PCB coaster. There was no circuitry involved, but it was always a pipe dream of mine to put a load of LEDs on it one day…

An idea was brewing: an illuminated LED coaster.

Read more here.

While you’re here check out our own line of PCB coasters:

NEW PRODUCTS – Adafruit PCB Coasters


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 9,200+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Japanese word working and more in December’s issue of HackSpace magazine!

Wearables — Solder-less magic

Electronics — = != ==.

Biohacking — Finding Bliss with Anandamide

Python for Microcontrollers — sysfs is dead! long live libgpiod! libgpiod for linux & Python running hardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF #Python @Adafruit #Adafruit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.