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Interactive Arduino Powered Coffee Table

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One quick fore note: this is my first Instructable and my first large Arduino project, so if you see any stupid errors or have an idea of how things could be done better, then please let me know.

Now that that's out of the way I'll begin, I started designing this around September last year as my A2 Product Design project and thought that it might make a good Instructable once it was finished.

The design of the table aspect was inspired mainly from another table I had seen with a similar arched shape but with a flat top, and the electronics were mainly inspire from this coffee table, although I wanted something easier so I used a 16x16 single colour matrix and two LCD displays on my table, there is also an audio amplifier and Bluetooth receiver for playing music through the table.

So that's all there really is to say, most of the things that are part of the finished product were thought up along the way, but here are some of my original designs anyway.

Here is a video of the table in action, it also helps to explain the functionality of the electronics better than I do later on in the Instructable:
 
 
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cool... i loved the song and album display!
Also, the visualization light on the ceiling was awesome...
I can see this becoming the 2012 A-Lister must have addition to the penthouse furnishings.
Lindie2 years ago
Wow! Very cool!
dragonz24442 years ago
Video when you have the chance, tables look great! Does it just tweet and play music? If so, still awesome! Now all you need is some sound reactive LEDs for the music! Maybe filling in the empty area around the electronics in the middle with an Aurora http://www.instructables.com/id/Aurora-18x18
DanNixon (author)  dragonz24442 years ago
I should get a video done later today that helps to explain the functionality of the table a little better.
The table has two "modes", news and media, in news the LED matrix is blank and an RSS feed is shown on the green LCD and weather forecast on the blue LCD, in media mode the LED matrix reacts to the music, the blue LCD shows the current song (via Last.fm) and the green LCD is blank.
I hope to explain this better in a video, but it is difficult as I cannot take the table home as it has to be marked for my A level in Product Design and the Ethernet shield does not support networks that use a proxy server.
Foxtrot702 years ago
Dan - What was the final cost of the project? Excellent work by the way!
DanNixon (author)  Foxtrot702 years ago
Thanks, total cost was around £190, around £60 for the electronics, £75 for the glass surface and £55 for the rest of the materials, plywood etc.
ZANIESXD2 years ago
it looks like you have a dead led on your matrix in the test video
DanNixon (author)  ZANIESXD2 years ago
Yeah, there were about three that never lit and one that flickered occasionally, I'm not sure if it was because I burned them when soldering or they were just bad LEDs (I checked the polarity and that was fine).
This did really annoy me, but I couldn't see any easy way of fixing it.
Nice. When you get a video done you should add it to the intro
DanNixon (author)  fungus amungus2 years ago
Thanks, and yeah I'll put it in the intro.
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