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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kennycoffin wrote 01/21/2021 at 01:39 point

This is really awesome! It’s totally a Fallout or Fortnite conceptual idea in that it seems really awesome that you might be dying in style! Stayin Alive is epic for this! I love the glam upgrade and the style! Do more stuff like this and get Fortnite and Fallout to offer it for sale in their stores!  What song would be appropriate for a carbon monoxide detector?

What song would be an appropriate song for H2S detection?

I think turning Safety Equipment into upgraded style equipment is awesome! Screw Amber lights! I wanna rock a disco ball and be blasting 50 Cent when backing up on a construction site!  Move $&& get outta the way! Get outta the way!  Thank you for this beautiful project!  Thank your girlfriend for me too because you just blew my mind for safety upgrades! I love it! Keep up the beautiful work!!

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Dennis wrote 01/20/2021 at 22:41 point

Should you make one more please let me know ;) Awesome!!

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Jason wrote 01/20/2021 at 17:40 point

I love the name of this project so much.  At first glance, I really hoped this was part of government-funded disco abatement program aimed at eliminating any resurgence of the popular 1970's dance craze.

I pictured squads of Disco Containment Commandos busting down the doors of discrete, underground disco clubs and lighting the dance halls with backpack-mounted unlicensed nuclear accelerators.  Ultimately, the strobe lights, disco balls, and color changing acrylic dance floors would be miniaturized and stuffed into this containment system. 

But the features of this version are cool, too.  Think of my vision as an enhancement request.

Well done!

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Alan wrote 01/18/2021 at 20:34 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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H K wrote 01/20/2021 at 17:34 point

thank you, my girlfriend thinks i'm mental too! :-D

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