Picture of Talking Darth Vader Binary Clock
In this instructable I am going to show you, how to paint a black and white image of Darth Vader and bring it to life by adding a binary clock and making it talk.
If you are not a big Star Wars fan, don’t worry you can use the electronics and code to make any painting say the time. Even with your own voice.

This was my first ever Arduino project, so I’m certain, that anybody can do it. I started with a normal binary clock, but thought it was pretty boring, so I added a DS1307 and made a standalone version. Then after finishing the painting and getting everything to work I decided, that it would be infinitely better, if I could make the clock speak in Vader’s voice. So this is what I ended up with:

Step 1:

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  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • Wave Shield for Arduino (e.g. from adafruit industries)
  • DS1307 Real Time Clock breakout board (e.g. from adafruit industries)
  • 16 red LEDs (only 13 are needed for the clock, the other three are just there for the symmetry)
  • 16 LED holders
  • 13 220 ohm resistors
  • 3 2.2 kohm resistors
  • 8x4 holes grid-style PC board
  • 3 push buttons
  • Wire
  • Duck tape
  • Paint: black and white
  • 60x30x3 cm canvas
  • Heat shrinking tube
  • Hot glue gun
  • Round diamond file
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Optional: circle template, razor blade
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the DIY Audio Contest!! Good luck to you! (I will admit this is my favorite out of the lot!!!)
BrittLiv (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks for letting me know and for letting me know in the "Hack it! contest as well.
chipper352 years ago
Not just a great thing......but a great instructable too!!!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
So, Darth Vader is like an intergalactic Favor Flav?
SuddleD2 years ago
Looks really cool!

You missed a 'l' in your link in Step 2 for the canvas tutorial:

.htm should be .html

BrittLiv (author)  SuddleD2 years ago
Thanks a lot for telling me, I corrected it
iceng2 years ago
Very Cool putting it into Vader's control consule.