December 20, 2013

Build a mechanical vibrating mirror with Arduino

And now for something completely different comes the mirror with vibrating pixels by Instructables user "wkahler". This is an interesting form of modern art that takes a normal mirror, and adds a grid of small circular mirrors which are then moved by mini vibrating motors. The electronics behind the project are quite simple, and can be done in less than a day. The results would possibly give someone a shock first thing in the morning, but would be a great talking point - as shown in the following video:

Note that you can use mirrored acrylic instead of mirrored glass, which makes things easier when creating the individual small mirrors. To learn more, 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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