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Analog Binary Infinity Mirror Clock

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Using an infinity mirror illusion as "hands," construct a binary clock that moves like a normal, analog clock.

The original plan was to create an analog binary clock, but I had no idea how to do it.  To make it like a regular clock, I would have needed to have 11 hands, which didn't seem doable.  A loooong while later, I had the inspiration to use Dotstars or Neopixels to represent the hands, and the infinity mirror effect would make the LEDs appear to be lines, further adding to the hand effect.

MPEG-4 Video - 30.49 MB - 01/28/2020 at 02:54

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Here is the clock code running. (It still needs some work.)

MPEG-4 Video - 16.30 MB - 01/25/2020 at 01:35

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Excitement! Electrical work is done. Here's a strand test to make sure I didn't mess anything up.

MPEG-4 Video - 18.80 MB - 01/24/2020 at 22:11

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Excitement! Electrical work is done. Here's a strand test to make sure I didn't mess anything up.

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Excitement! Electrical work is done. Here's a strand test to make sure I didn't mess anything up.

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  • Bug Squashing!

    Shawn Kovalchick01/28/2020 at 02:58 0 comments

    Squashed some bugs, specifically, I fixed the pixel flashing when the hand moves to the next pixel, I fixed the hands jumping around randomly (unsigned long overflow), and I added some color (see the latest uploaded video).

    Still need to wrap up the hardware stuff, but I can't get to it until next week (have to help the kids with their pinewood derby cars).

  • Finishing stages

    Shawn Kovalchick01/25/2020 at 04:17 0 comments

    I have a little bit of code left to debug.  I also need to glue the rings to the mirror and the LED strips to the rings.  I also need to make the top mirror.  The project picture shows what it will look like minus the top mirror.  I have a 3d printed frame in place to hold the rings in the correct position for gluing.

  • Electrical work done!

    Shawn Kovalchick01/25/2020 at 01:43 0 comments

    Progress!  All the electrical work is done.  Still need to make the top mirror (In the photos, the protective film is still on), finish up the clock code, and mount the rings holding the LEDs.

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