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RFID LED Light Cubes Answered


Long time follower of DIY projects. I had never considered actually trying any of the projects I had seen before, until I came upon the November 2011 issue  of Popular Science and saw the RFID LED Light Cubes. I think the idea is just So Cool and really want to try it as my first DIY project. Of course (ahh Irony, you cruel mistress!) that seems to be one of very few projects whose full instructions were never released.

I'm pretty bummed out about this and even tweeted Vin Marshall (the OP) about it. He responded that he didn't think that there were any plans to release instructions for that project which is just extremely disappointing. I mean... someone Made it for the issue... how hard could it be to write up a set of instructions? I have the ingredients, but not the recipe, it's like asking me to make a souffle if all I know is that it has Eggs, Milk, Flour, Butter, and Cheese.

If the idea of this DIY was to interest new amateurs in DIY projects, then they succeeded! Since November of last year, I've been trying to get some help making this awesome concept, but I just don't have the know-how.

I'm begging you, Please help me figure this one out :( Help me make my first souffle.

Here is a link to a 2 page PDF of the original PopSci article (and all the info I have on this project)


Sincerely (and very hopefully!),



6 years ago

There are plenty of ibles on LED mood light cubes. There are a few on interfacing an arduino with an RFID reader and tags(that parts list made no mention of that). A little programming to do some LED color mixing based on the updated values of the RFID reader, and voila.


Reply 6 years ago

Thanks for the fast reply!

I have to admit that as a total noob to all this DIY stuff, I have no idea what you mean by ibles, nor where to find them :/

Any advice would be much appreciated!


Reply 6 years ago

ibles is short for instructables. You can just enter the search string like "led mood light" or "arduino RFID" in the search box at the top of the page to get back a list of related instructables or topics.