Jewel Box Servo Meter

Build a meter in a jewel box using a micro-servo driven by a DigiSpark.

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A DigiSpark drives a micro-servo to function like a 0 to 5 volt meter. All parts including the battery power supply are enclosed in a small wooden jewel box.


  • 1 × Jewel Box - unfinished wood 70mm High x 100mm Wide x 50mm Deep from Michael's
  • 1 × Digispark Digispark USB development board from Digistump
  • 1 × DC to DC Step Up Converter Search eBay for USB DC-DC boost converter
  • 1 × Micro servo 4.3G Buy several as the quality may be low
  • 1 × Lithium Polymer Battery 3.7V Canon NB-5L is a good choice.

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  • Jewel Box Calibration

    W4KRL04/30/2014 at 22:48 0 comments

    Good accuracy and linearity.

  • Electrical Schematic

    W4KRL04/28/2014 at 14:35 0 comments

  • Digispark Code

    W4KRL04/28/2014 at 14:32 0 comments

    // DS_ServoMeter

    // Karl Berger W4KRL

    // April 27, 2014

    // Released into the public domain

    // Converts a 0 to 5 Volt signal into a corresponding

    // position on a servo. The servo command is smoothed to

    // reduce jitter.

    // Uses SimpleServo in the DigiSpark library by

    // Benjamin Holt

    #include <SimpleServo.h>

    //create a servo object

    SimpleServo myservo;

    // The analog input signal is connected to P2

    // For pin mapping see:


    const int kAnalogInputPin = 1;

    // connect the servo signal line to P5

    const int kServoPin = 5;

    // Most servos are rated for 180 degree span but may be non-linear near

    // the extremes. A meter span of 120 degrees or less is more reliable.

    const int kScaleSpan = 120;

    // 4 samples provides good smoothing. More will slow the response.

    // Less will increase jitter.

    const int kSmoothingSamples = 4;

    //int smoothed_val = 0;

    // attach the servo to a pin then exercise it

    void setup(){




    // read the analog signal, smooth it and convert it to a position

    // in degrees for display by the servo

    void loop(){

    // static variables retain their value between function calls

    static int smoothed_val = 0;

    // read the input voltage

    int val = analogRead(kAnalogInputPin); // this is pin P2

    // smooth the value by keeping a moving average

    smoothed_val = smoothed_val + ((val - smoothed_val) / kSmoothingSamples);

    // rescale val to the meter span

    val = map(smoothed_val, 0, 1023, 0, kScaleSpan);

    //command the servo to the corresponding position


    //add some delay to let the servo seek its position



    //adjust the motion of the servo to match the actual

    //position to the command

    void SetServo(int val)


    const int kServoZero = 20;

    const int kServoFullScale = 150;

    int pos = map(val, 0, kScaleSpan, kServoZero, kServoFullScale);



    //Position at zero and full scale to check calibration

    void ExerciseServos(){

    const int kDwell = 1000;








  • Expanded some build steps

    W4KRL04/28/2014 at 13:42 0 comments

    Added some detail to the construction and adjustment steps.

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  • 1
    Step 1

    Find a small wooden box with a lid that has a transparent panel in the lid. My box had a thin wooden panel so I had to carefully cut out one end to remove the panel. Remove all the hardware. Stain and finish the box. Cut a piece of plastic from a CD box to replace the wood panel. Reassemble.

  • 2
    Step 2

    Program the Digispark and temporarily connect the servo to test the software and servo. I had a batch of 5 identical servos. Two of them rotated contuously when the Digispark was reset. The other three worked fine. One of those three was very jittery. I thought they were cheap but buying five to get two working is not a bargain.

  • 3
    Step 3

    Test fit all the components in the box to find the best arrangement. Cut a piece of strip board 8 rows wide and up to about 25mm long that will fit flat on the floor of the box. The strip board will act as a bus to connect to the header. I placed the trace side up so I could solder directly to the traces. You may be able to prewire the board in a more conventional manner but then you would have a challenge soldering it to the header.

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