Has your Arduino been sitting around gathering dust? Well, no more. Today I took a look at the Instructables to find 8 fun, family or just cool Arduino projects to get you into this Christmas festivities, between brownies and brandy pies of course.
If you’re stuck on Christmas ideas, an Arduino could be the perfect gift for the kids or the hacker in your life, and be sure to list them that way for inspiration.
Just in case the word clock phenomenon has bypassed you, it involves an inaccurate display of time using words. It’s debatable whether this is actually easier to read (actually, it’s probably not all that simple), but still, a very cool little chique Arduino art for your living room. It is, however, a fairly complex build involving a lot of crafting.
For a simpler but no less impressive option, consider purchasing in kit form from Dougs Word Clock, pre-cut face and components.
8x8x8 led cube
Please note that the video attached to this project was quite low quality, so I have included below a video from another 8x8x8 LED cube, but the same effects can be achieved.
Persistence of the Wand of Vision
Another simple project that your kids will love, Perseverance Wands just use a lot of LEDs that flash incredibly fast; when you wave your wand back and forth, your brain can’t see fast enough, so the LEDs leave a streak of light in the air, displaying a pattern or words. Science and more!
sensory singing houseplant
It’s an absolutely fun project that everyone will enjoy and has some serious science and signal processing involved. If I understand correctly, the trick is to generate an electrical sine wave and then detect changes in capacitance for that waveform as you touch different parts of the object. A computer is also required to run a processing sketch, and you will need quite a few inexpensive add-ons, so this requires a little preparation. The results are stunning, although they would make a real interactive centerpiece for a living room.