and Instructables.com donated a buncha weird parts to Noisebridge, including LED's, crystal oscillators, 555 timers, Russian capacitors.... Thank You, JameCo and Instructables!
Our mission: make something that does something. Not as easy as it sounds.
A 9-volt battery driving an LM317 power-supply outputting 5 volts, driving a tiny sliver of crystallized rock into resonance at one-and-a-half thousand vibrations per second, divided in half, 8 times, by a binary counter, down to a speed of about six vibrations per-second, driving an LED.
Meaning, we made a light blink 6 times per second. Then we added two more LED's for different blink rates. All without a microcontroller, arduino, or attiny. And i'm happy to say, not one 555 was used. This was my design goal (since everybody uses 555's for everything).
Here's how to do it.
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