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Using MIT's controller boards used for their Disco Dance Floor, I've created a computer controlled Disco Bar using 128 RGB LED's, 250' of cable, and a...
I wanted to keep this document focused on the hardware and software aspect of the bar, so I will not be talking about any of the woodwork. It is up to...
These are the tools that you will need to complete this project.
This is my bill of materials. NOTE: Anything you DON'T see listed here is the same as MIT's bill of materials. What I have listed here are the custom...
NOTE: I am writing this documentation based on revision 1.17 of the controller boards. There is a newer 2.05 version out as of right now. The procedur...
The Final step of the boards is to put the firmware on the Atmega8L chip. For this, I used the STK-500. You can use the less expensive AVR-ISP to do t...
I have made a mini cable that I will be using to show you how I put it all together. I bought a 20 connector ribbon cable, and then ripped it into str...
You could be making any number of designs, whether it be a bar, floor, on a wall, etc... But now is the time to install the cables into your design! ...
The first thing you do is power up the boards, and plug them into your computer with a USB cable. Your computer should find a new device and ask you f...
Now that the boards are connected to your computer, the next step is to download the controller software. I will be showing you Clint Rutkas' Controll...
To make your own animations, you will need MATLAB. I know they sell a $100 version somewhere. Otherwise, go pay a poor college student to let you use ...
So, hopefully you've decided to build yourself an amazing Disco design! Here are some links to more pictures and movies of my bar!High resolution pic...
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