Disco Containment Unit

A quarantine-friendly party machine

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Since gathering and live events are dangerous, I tried to imagine a dystopian device that would safely contain a 'radioactive' mirror disco ball. I strived to maintain the charm of a civil defense era Victoreen geiger counter, with a few key modifications. The controls are kept to a minimum: Power, motor control, light toggle, and light mode. A geared motor drives a 3mm shaft through the center. The ball is surrounded by four Adafruit NeoPixels that I tediously soldered angled on tall header pins to direct the light precisely. A fifth RGB Led is placed in the rear of the device, underneath a clear indicator lens. The brains of the operation are an Arduino nano clone, powered by eight AA batteries (wired 4 x 2 in series to output 6 volts). To top it all off, I painstakingly transposed the intro to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees to play via piezo buzzer at boot.


Containment chamber base ring

Standard Tesselated Geometry - 94.61 kB - 01/13/2021 at 03:29



Containment chamber top ring

Standard Tesselated Geometry - 83.58 kB - 01/13/2021 at 03:28



The 'Party Geiger' logo

Portable Network Graphics (PNG) - 69.37 kB - 01/13/2021 at 03:22


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Alan wrote 2 days ago point

733 views - no comments.  I had to register with Hackaday to let this guy know he's truly mental.  But I love it!  Really nice construction!  So useful too!

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