1x1x1 LED Cube

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In the course of history, it becomes necessary to create something new to advance the state of humanity.

The wheel, agriculture, and electricity were all transformative inventions that seem downright simple today. But without them, we'd be munching our nuts and half-rotted carcasses in the dark. Even the simplest project can transform the world.

With that, we bring to you the 1x1x1 LED cube. Beauty in simplicity. Absolute control over the fundamentals of microcontroller programming. Saying "Let there be" and making it so like the PG chapters of Genesis.

As Antoine de Saint-Exupery skillfully points out, "Perfection is Achieved Not When There Is Nothing More to Add, But When There Is Nothing Left to Take Away"

Step 1: Materials

For this project we really wanted to have a more pure attachment to the materials, so the material list is small.

1 Light Emitting Diode.

1 Arduino Board.

1 Computer running the Arduino Integrated Development Environment.

1 USB-A to USB-B cable, 3 feet long.


Step 2: Plug USB to Arduino

First take the USB-A to USB-B three foot cable and plug the USB-B plug into the corresponding USB-B slot on the Arduino.

Step 3: Connect to Computer

Next, take the opposite end of the USB-A to USB-B, three foot cable and Plug the USB-A plug into any of the USB-A slots on your computer.

Step 4: Open Arduino IDE

Next, go to your computer and open the Arduino Integrated Development Environment on your computer.

Then go to Tools > Serial Port and make sure your Arduino is selected.

Now you can start to program the Arduino.

Step 5: Write Code

Now is the time to write the code, Just enter the code below into your Arduino integrated development environment:

void setup(){
   pinMode(13,OUTPUT);
}
void loop(){
   digitalWrite(13,HIGH);
   delay(500);
   digitalwrite(13,LOW);
   delay(500);
}

Then, click the Verify box labeled with a Checkmark. Correct any potential errors.

Step 6: Upload Code

Lastly, Click the upload button, as indicated by the arrow pointing to the right.

You should see a verification message and your 1x1x1 Light Emitting Diode should begin to blink.

Step 7: Going Beyond

Once you have the example code running, the next step is to show off and write your own routines. On account of three dimensions, there are countless ways you can light up your LED cube.

We can't wait to see all of the different things that get visualized.

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    135 Discussions

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    They Call Me Qrowe

    1 year ago

    Such a revolutionary idea, the new era is upon us!

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    nancyjohns

    3 years ago on Introduction

    black mesa's newest biggest inventions is -- the 0x0x0x0 LED cube!!! Their so cool that they didn't make anything, and they did it in the 4th dimension!!!

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    waynevanwijk

    5 years ago

    To be subversive, rather than having it blink on then off you could try to make it blink off then on. Maybe a bit too radical though.

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    Cephuswaynevanwijk

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Of course you are probably aware that a illuminating device does not actually emit light - it sucks in darkness. In the old days of incandescent lamps, the lamp was designated "DS" on a schematic - for "Dark Sucker". When a lamp burned out, it usually had a black coating inside the glass. It had sucked in all the darkness it could hold.

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    headslantCephus

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hence the light emmitring part of LED. :)

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    TreknologyCephus

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Fluoro tubes accumulate Dark at each end, and candles are the best evidence, because of black wicks once they've been used.

    Seriously, for something really freaky, look up "Dark Emitting Diodes".

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    faacuunndoo

    5 years ago on Introduction

    That is not a cube, is just a single LED. You cannot call it "cube". That is a simple blinking light. I cannot see the six sides of it.

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    Bateleur2

    2 years ago

    Well done, we need some humor in our lives. best instructable on the site.

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    paulbrandt

    2 years ago

    I did it!!! I made one!!!!

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    namindu

    2 years ago

    nice work .........

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    JesusG33k

    2 years ago

    I'm not sure if I should be disappointed or laughing...

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    serop elmayan

    2 years ago

    hahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha