Text Message Enabled Man Cave Sign and Music Light Box

Introduction: Text Message Enabled Man Cave Sign and Music Light Box

This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (www.makecourse.com).

Text Message Enabled Man Cave Sign and Music Light Box. You can update the sign through both of my Android applications linked below in this instructable.

This is a starting guide of what is used and hopefully inspires someone to create something similar themselves.

PIC32BLUE+ gives the LED sign the ability to have your friends text your phone and the app will update the sign or control microcontroller functions that are programmed on it.

PIC32BTN gives you 20 buttons you can long press and set to any message you want to. Both applications will be demonstrated in the Youtube video.

This is a 3D printed school project controlled by a PIC32 microcontroller.

Components used:

Custom Android Application developed by me

PIC32 microcontroller PCB designed by me

HC-06 Bluetooth Module

Step up module, boosts 5v to 10v

2 LED Light strips

5 LED dot matrices, each hand soldered

1 condenser microphone

10,000mah battery pack that lasts 10 hours

Stepper motor

2 Breadboards

resistors, capacitors, transistors

PIC32BLUE+ (Google Play, FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com...

PIC32BTN (Google Play, FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com...

This is a great tutorial to follow to get familiar with the stepper motor used inside the 3D printed box for the LED sign.

You can find most of the parts ordered off of eBay and/or various online sources. This uses my custom designed microcontroller board which uses the PIC32MX250F128B microcontroller which is Arduino compatible. This microcontroller is 32 bits and runs at 40Mhz.

The following link walks you through a breadboard version of the microcontroller http://chipkit.net/diy-chipkit-board/

If there is interest in this project I will consider expanding it into more of a tutorial instead of a summary of my project. I hope this inspires others to create something awesome with microcontrollers.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

3D Printing Contest

Participated in the
3D Printing Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Backyard Contest

      Backyard Contest
    • Silly Hats Speed Challenge

      Silly Hats Speed Challenge
    • First Time Author Contest

      First Time Author Contest

    2 Discussions