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"Good morning, Mr. Hunt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it...."

The Self destructing message - One of the most valuable gadgets used in the Mission:Impossible movies, and probably used by other secret agents to receive their mission objective(s). This device is very inconspicuous, but only the intended user knows there is a secret message waiting to be read. This message is only readable ONE TIME, then self destructs, leaving no evidence of its contents.
        In this Instructable, I will show how to make a self destructing message , similar to ones used by Ethan Hunt himself! This project involves etching, soldering, bread boarding, and a few other electronics skill are utilized.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to construct your very own self destructing message, personalize it, and have fun on this DIY project. As always, should any member of your team be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions.  This message will self destruct in five seconds.

Step 1: Tools/parts

To construct this project, you will need the following:
- Eagle Cad
- Arduino
- Soldering Iron
- Solder
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- SSD1306 display, Adafruit sells them along with a level shifter. This place is great and has tutorials to get you up and running in no time.
Product page: https://www.adafruit.com/products/326
Tutorial: http://ladyada.net/products/oled12864/
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- Ramtron FM24C04, 4Kb F-ram memory http://ramtron.com/products/nonvolatile-memory/serial-product.aspx?id=141 (Datasheet)
  Digikey: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/FM24C04B-G/1140-1000-ND/2809793
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- .1µF capacitor (SMD size: 1206) - decoupling, but datasheet doesn't say it is required
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blank presensitized PCB, Positive developer, etchant (can be purchased from Fry's Electronics)
Or other materials for your preferred method of etching
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- Male header pins
- Jumper wires
- Laser printer
- Optional: Hot air gun (for SMD)
-Other misc. parts

 
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Jacky P1 year ago
What's with all the lines?
foxxtrotalpha (author) 2 years ago
tv show? a model rocket motor should work. I was thinking something similar, smoke bombs, and use a model rocket engine igniter to lite the smoke bomb.
foxxtrotalpha (author) 2 years ago
tv show? a model rocket motor should work. I was thinking something similar, smoke bombs, and use a model rocket engine igniter to lite the smoke bomb.
DouglasG12 years ago
From the movie but what about the TV show? Also could you use something like a model rocket motor to melt the circuit board?
foxxtrotalpha (author) 2 years ago
Lol yes there are two zombies on the board. Had to add them. This is V1 of the project. V2 will have a burning effect. I don't think many people will want to build this project then actually destroy the etched and soldered Breakout board or risk damage to their arduino. So next version will just appear to be burning up, but no components of the circuit will actually be burning.
goldedrago2 years ago
oh and step 2? looks like 2 zombies lol
goldedrago2 years ago
i thought it was really going to blow up!lol it's still pretty cool! lol