HAL is the computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Great book and movie. Didn't understand it then, still don't, one of the great mysteries in life to unravel.
This bulletin board simulates the glowing eye bezel of HAL and the surrounding displays. Great debate rages on the meaning and symbolism of the details in the movie. Here we present our version of HAL, the Instructables IBL 9000 glowing eye, centerpiece of our display board.
Many say if you take the letters that come alphabetically after H, A, L, you get IBM. If you take the letters the come alphabetically before I, B, L, you get - - -, coincidence, you decide...
Step 1: Get some stuff...
A working red LED.
I found these LED book lights at the dollar store. They contain a white light LED so I had to modify them.
Some sheets of box cardboard the size that you want to make your bulleting board. Mine were about 2 feet square. You can buy real cork tile to use as the base of the bulletin board for more durability and hold. Or you can use a sheet of rigid foam house insulation.
A small plastic bowl to use as the lens cover. I had these disposable dessert bowls/cups that were perfect to use. You may use a small glass dessert bowl too to give a better appearance of the optical fisheye lens.
Fabric of any kind to cover your bulletin board. I had some leftover orange stretch knit fabric which fit the theme of this project.
Patches of different colored fabric, I had different colored felt pieces, to make the display panels.
Computer/Printer to create logos and wording for the displays.
If you need to modify the light, you need some soldering/electronics skillz.
This was constructed using only a hot glue gun to attach everything.
CAUTION: Hot glue and the hot glue gun are HOT! Can cause burns if you are not careful. Have tweezers/pliers to handle pieces that have hot glue just applied to them. Hot glue can pass through the fabric as you are pressing down and burn you.