Picture of Valentine's Day Electronic Card
I don't have anyone special to give a card to this valentine's day, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the merriment. I like themed creating, and holidays always allow you to get creative in the way you enjoy them. 

This year for Valentine's Day, I made a PCB card in the shape of a heart (in case you couldn't tell). It flashes 12 SMD red LEDs using charlieplexing with a ATtiny13a, running off a single CR2032 coin cell battery.

I made this card entirely in 4 hours. That includes coming up with the schematic, drawing, cutting, and etching the board, soldering all the components on, developing the program, programming the microcontroller, and debugging. Fun quick day project!

The original plan was to use the slightly larger attiny85 (it has more memory so you can write a larger function). But for some reason my programmer really didn't like that attiny85, so I reluctantly switched to the 13. With that, I had to truncate some code. ALthough the code wasn't fully developed at that point, so it just meant that I didn't finish writing it. The only thing that I am sad that I left out was the cosine wave function thingy that i started writing. So instead, there are just a few patterns it shows. Also, for some reason that I just can't figure out today, I couldn't get the button to work correctly. So ignore the button.

Here's a video of the card in action

This looks like a fun introduction to SMD soldering.

zwebber11 year ago
Trying to make it but cannot find the code for the programming step?
Onyx Ibex (author)  zwebber11 year ago

The code is attached to step 6. See it?

cgrrty1 year ago

Very beautiful
cgrrty1 year ago

Very beautiful
This is amazing but for a bubble head, I couldn't do it. Thanks for sharing on here, tho.
FoamboardRC2 years ago
How much solder did that take?
Onyx Ibex (author)  FoamboardRC2 years ago
not much, you apply as little as possible to cover the traces. Its just to prevent them from wearing off. And it assures good connections in all the traces. It is optional btw. I don't really pay attention to linear inches of solder used though.
Where did you get your pcb?
Onyx Ibex (author)  techtheaterballoon2 years ago
I make them. I buy square FR4 (copper clad fliberglass boards) blanks and etch and cut them myself. I buy the blanks from Tayda electronics.
frenzy2 years ago
very cool!
This is very cool!
atepinkrose2 years ago
This is too cute!
did you enter this in the valentines day coontest? if not you totally should!!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I love it!
hemalchevli2 years ago
Great Work!!