November 11, 2013

Make a huge accelerometer die with Arduino

The folks from Autodesk 123Circuits have used a simple idea of an Arduino-controlled die (the singular of dice) and literally taken it to the next level. Their example uses a huge seven-segment LED digit and mounted it and the required hardware inside a large 3D-printed enclosure. Once finished the die is activated by shaking it a little, as the Arduino takes measurements from an accelerometer to help with the randomness of the final results. This is demonstrated in the following video:

The neat thing about this project is that the creators have published the schematics, 3D-printing files and Arduino sketches so you can not only learn more, but also produce the LED control shield and print your own enclosure as well. So to get started, visit the project Instructable. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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