We didn't find anything to cut, but I did find some cool stuff, including a keyboard stand (my 7 year old just started keyboard classes) and some powered computer speakers that we will strip for parts to use in Lou's Hockey Scoreboard.
My 10 year old found a cool costume Starfighter helmet for $2 and brought it home. He was wearing it around the house when I noticed that it looked as if it had LEDs across the top of the helmet. I joked that we could put real LEDs in...next thing I know we've got the helmet on the drill press :)
Pics & Video...
|Side view - need to clean off that sticker mess..|
|LEDs in place of the red paint...|
|Bent the LED cathodes to act as part of common ground...|
|Used some black wire to tie all the cathodes together...|
|We were constructing AND watching "The Invincible Iron Man" animated movie on Blu-Ray...|
this is a power-on test of all the LEDs
|I used my favorite patch cable - Cat5 - to tie the anodes to the Modified "Pico" Arduino which is tucked in the back of the helmet|
|Better shot of the Pico Arduino|
|USB charging kit that uses 4 rechargeable AAs and a retractable mini-usb cable for power. |
It even has an on/off switch :)
|Blue tape - one of my favorite construction materials...|
|I used adhesive velcro to hold the Pico in place.|