Although enthusiasts will often make a huge amount of projects, very few of them may end up as final products which are used in daily life. However with some focus and work you can make interesting and possibly artistic devices that also have many uses. One great example of this is a clock, and thanks to the ease of using real-time clock modules home-made clocks can be quite accurate.
On excellent example of this has been documented by Instructables member SerialQ, whose clock is not only functional but also a work of art. The clock uses RGB LED strips to generate different colours around the circumference of the clock area, each of which represents part of ther numerical value for time. The framework of the clock (as you can see below) helps the reader determine the hours, and the surface of the wall reflects the colours very well.
Furthermore the clock can be set via Bluetooth and serial data, and the details of a custom Android app are also provided so you can set the clock or generate remote-controlled colour effects with a smartphone. To learn more about this interesting clock, visit the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
As part of the Arduino and Bluetooth experience you'll need a Bluetooth device for your Arduino projects, and to meet this need we've released the Freetronics Bluetooth Shield:
We've made it simple to use - the Bluetooth Shield acts as a serial link between the other Bluetooth device. Furthermore there's a wide range of jumpers allowing you to select which digital pins to use for data transfer, increasing compatibility with other shields. And with our Quick Start guide it's easier than ever.
Our Bluetooth Shield for Arduino is now in stock and ready to ship, so for more information and to order - visit the shield's product page.