When I saw those "Mini Pig" flashlights at Dealextreme I fell in love and ordered plenty of them. Those cute flashlights are only $0,79 and always a funny present for friends and family. But they also save money to the electronic enthusiast: One flashlight include 2 superbright LEDs and three button cells. For $0,79 this is a very good deal. But instead of taking them apart and throwing the plastic to the landfill I decided to make a cute DiskoPigs light installation for my next party.

If you also like those cute "Mini Pig" flashlights, have a look at my other instructable Dancing Vibro Pig!

The heart of DiskoPigs is a hacked MiniPOV. I didnt want to take my original MiniPOV so I built it on a perfboard, but you can just use your MiniPOV-Kit from Ladyada to make it. Basically I substituted the LEDs with the Mini Pig Flashlights, changed the code a little bit and mounted everything on an old record disc for the disco feeling.

Unfortunally I forgot to take photos, but I'll try to recover the way I built the DiskoPigs.

Step 1: Parts and Tools

  • 8 Mini Pig Flashlights (Dealextreme)
  • MiniPOV Kit (Adafruit)
  • if you have the MiniPOV Kit with 100 ohm (brown black brown) resistors you should substitute R1 to R8 with 47 ohm (yellow purple black) resistors to get a brighter light
  • Wire
  • old record disc or similar
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • small drill
  • Diagonal cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • optional: Handy Hands / Third hand tool
  • Computer with serial port or USB/Serial converter

<p>Wow, these are so cool!!</p>
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Nice. I saw and bought those pigs at a store a while back. Now I have something to do with them!
Now I have another Instructable involving those pigs: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Dancing-Vibro-Pig/">Dancing Vibro Pig</a>. Have Fun!<br>
Cool, if you're done, show what you made with them.
What a sweet project! Also, I love the thinking behind it: the simplicity, maximizing the effect , utilizing cool artifacts to build even cooler artifacts! way to go
This is freakin' awesome! You should put some of those rainbow fading LED's instead of the regular.
oh wow! LOL :D that's so cooool. :D
Love this!! Disko Pigs just made my morning!
Good morning! Its 9pm in Germany ;-)

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