FamiLAB POV (Persistence of Vision) Kit

 

For some time, we’ve wanted to make a FamiLAB kit that could be used for soldering classes, and then extended by the students as they moved into learning microcontrollers or other topics.

As with most things in life – it took someone with some passion and drive to make it finally happen – kudos to Mike Bakula for prototyping a kit, getting input from the community, and then producing our first kit!

This kit uses an ATTINY to light up the LEDs on the end, and when waved back & forth or spun, you can read a word of text!  Mike built the first PCB during the April Open House and then passed it around for everyone to enjoy :)  We still need to do a production run, order all the parts to populate the boards, and design a new class using the boards – stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

It's Alive!

Here’s the breadboard version for testing…

 

POV_Breadboard

 

The ATTINY is programmed using the Arduino ISP, in this case with a ZIF socket on a protoshield. Adafruit has a kit to build this kind of shield if you want to try this at home…

 

 

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The PCB design after some community input…

POV 1.1

Here’s the first PCB from BatchPCB before any components were added…we had a silkscreen error, so no FamiLAB logo on this board – but it will be there on the production run!

POV_Prototype

 

 

 

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Ian is currently working to help build the technology innovation community within Central Florida while also raising his two sons (www.raisinggeeks.com) and occasionally making something fun...