Programmers' Pain
7Sep/113

Soldering 512 RGB Leds: Pure fun… Not!

Eight 8x8 RGB LED arrays each driven by a Rainbowduino Controller

Eight 8x8 RGB LED arrays each driven by a Rainbowduino Controller

Finally! After hours spend with fitting LEDs into reflectors, preparing cables, cutting shrink tubing pieces and soldering everything together to 8x8 LED arrays: It is done! And I'll never ever do it again this way. 🙂 As I already stated in my first blog post about my 512 RGB LED Coffee Table project I was a bit too optimistic in the planing phase regarding the wiring effort needed to get all LEDs working.

17Aug/111

Howto waste your spare time: Build a 512 RGB LED coffee table

512 RGB LED Coffee Table

512 RGB LED Coffee Table

"Wait.. What?! Are you serious?" "Yes, I am!" "Why do you want to do that?!" That's actually a very interesting question - and it's the usual response I do get if I explain what it's about those weird pictures I post on Facebook about prototyping loudspeakers or drilling 2,560 holes into plywood boards. Also people don't quite understand why I've spent hours and hours with constructing a 3D model of a coffee table. This is a first attempt trying to explain myself why I'm spending my free time for this project since more than 6 months now.