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…
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