Simple POV Homemade Arduino Shield





Introduction: Simple POV Homemade Arduino Shield

Has Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) says during the riffle pray “There are many like it, but this one is mine”

Step 1: Material

Indeed there is many project like available on internet.

This one use a tilt switch as trigger

1 x Arduino board (
7 x 500 ohms resitors ¼ W
7 x basic red leds
1 x 10 k ohms resitors ¼ W
1 x tilt switch (I use this one
A piece of prototyping board plated holes
Male header (0,1") 1 row, 40 pins (need only 28 for complet arduino connexion , and realy need 10 for this project)


A PC to program the arduino
An soldering iron
Some tin
A cutter

Step 2: Prepare the Board

You have to cut the board to get a piece of about 21 x 18 holes (the hole spacing is 2,54 mm)
For this kind of board, just score with a sharp knife, place a metal ruler or similar on the top and snap it.

Then you have to solder the Male header.
First cut the male header in
2 pieces of 8 pins
2 pieces of 6 pins

Then, solder the Male header. Take care of the two 8 pins. They must be tilted to fit the arduino connectors. First, make a try with a single soldering point.

You can find instructable of this here =>

and here

Step 3: Solder the Electronics Parts

Solder the 500 ohms resistors. They must be connected to the male header of the arduino pin 6 to 12

Solder the leds. The “upper” leds must be on the pin 6

Solder the tilt switch and the 10 kohms resistor.

With my tilt switch, I’m using only two pins (see picture)

Add some jumper wire… and finally it should looks like the last picture

Step 4: The Code

You can tune these parameters

If you use deferent pin for your leds or for your sensor
#define led1 6
#define led2 7
#define led3 8
#define led4 9
#define led5 10
#define led6 11
#define led7 12
#define sensorPin 2

Currently this code display two message : “SNOOTLAB” and “RULEZ”

The two messages are define in
char texte[] = "SNOOTLAB"; // data to write on startup
char texte2[] = "RULEZ"; // data to write after "repet" writing of the first message

The message changes after 10 displays. You can change this value here
#define repet 10 //number of repetition before changing message

Step 5: Enjoy

I think there is many way to improve this, by using interruption for example. For this purpose, I have connected the sensor on the pin 2 of the arduino of the external interruption.
If you made a think like this, please post this upgrade on instructable.



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If i am using a Hall Effect sensor, then do i need to change the code for sensor?

Means how it triggers the change and the time delay?

Hi Phil,,,, you did an excellent work...i want to try the same thing, but want to build it on a rotating base. Can you please guide me what changes i might need to do in the program?

Hi bhawick55

Thank you for your comment

For a rotating base, I
think this code can work without modification. The main modification is on the hardware part

The tilt sensor can’t work
on a rotating base because the centrifuge force will “stick” the ball in the
tilt sensor

The way to do that is an
optical sensor, a REEL sensor or a hall effect sensor

You can find some inspiration
on this project è


Thank you for your feedback, i will try to do it using a hall effect sensor, will let you know how it works.

I built this project (on a breadboard for testing), and have come across two problems. 1. The led on pin 12 doesn't light up (I have checked that it works, and it works on the same pin in a different program). 2. I have tried changing the settings, but I can't get the text to show up, like it does in the video. I'm using an UNO, not a Duemilanove, if that makes any difference

Hi, thank you for your
interest for my project.

Can you send me a picture
of your breadbord ?

About the arduino UNO or
Duemilanove, I don't think it is important.

The code doesn’t use any
uno or duemilanove specific function

About the led on the 12
pin, this led is use with some char (like _, @ , j,...) but most of them doesn’t
need the led on the pin 12.

Take a look in the file
font7x5.h. The char using the led 12 are like this one

//106 j








If the last
line have some “1” the led 12 will lit

You can found here an example of this setup on breadbord ==>

hello author

i am little bit confuse because you zip shows error

so please help me


What do you call error ?
Error to download, ?
Error to unzip ?
Error in the Arduino IDE ?
What is the error message ?


hello author,

I really liked this project.

I tried running this code and got the following errors. Can you please tell me what changes are to be made.
Thanks in advance.

sketch_apr10a.ino:6:21: error: font7x5.h: No such file or directory

sketch_apr10a.ino: In function 'void displayChar(char)':

sketch_apr10a:97: error: 'charbook' was not declared in this scope

In the file you have two files : font7x5.h and pov05.ino you have to put this two files in to the same directory (in arduino you have to name this directory "pov05")

Let me know if it works