Using Scrolling LED Badges As Christmas Tags! BTW, They Are BestBuy Giftcards!

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Introduction: Using Scrolling LED Badges As Christmas Tags! BTW, They Are BestBuy Giftcards!


First of all, this Instructable isn't a step-by-step from-the-ground-up creation or even a hack.   Its more of a ... re-purposing, I guess.  Ok, ok.  Lets just say it's a cool use of technology.

For several years Best Buy sold very unique Holiday gift cards: they doubled as some sort of electronic gizmo!    One year the "gift card" was a simple audio speaker, complete with a short cable and 3.5mm jack.  Another year the gift card included a string of USB-powered colored LED lights.   Since you bought this double-duty thing as a gift card, you could put any amount on the card and not pay extra for the gizmo!   Sooo for $1 you could get the speaker or the string of LEDs!

For Christmas 2007, Best Buy offered a gift card that doubled as programmable scrolling LED mini-sign.  It was very similar in function as the LED name badges you can find on ebay and elsewhere.

So I bought a bunch of these, putting $1 on the gift card. I programmed them with my family's names and used them as gift tags!

This video shows the gift cards in full use at my in-laws for our big family Christmas 2007 celebration.

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