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28Sep/111

Playing with Microcontrollers

Will's gathering people around some small microcontroller (uC) projects as a means to pass on some knowledge. These aren't be run as a formal class, but is something Will would like to open up to everyone.

We have an LED sign that needs to be refurbished and would like to explore RFID tag reader for use for entry into the space once we get to that point.

If you're interested in digging more deeply into microcontrollers than the arduino, connect with Will (kd0mto) on IRC, the mailing list or come out to an open hack.

Will is also recommending that you check out the following resources:

26Sep/110

Bike Wrenching – Refurb of Old Light System

Matthew is working on a refurb job for the light on his wife's old coaster bicycle. The original light had two D-cell batteries that had corroded away years ago and lamps that may be hard to replace, but it has a great tactically pleasing switch and body that he hopes to preserve. We discussed options for putting LED lighting in the body of the light. He has a ton of space to work with so I've gone oven to Adafruit and tossed together a wish list of items to use to refurb this. Yeah, it's probably overkill, but it'd be an amazing light.

I'm not sure what to suggest for the best LEDs to fit the purpose. What do you guys think?