February 28, 2014

Having fun with a "Mission Control" Desk

Those of us at a certain age will remember the wonder of watching space launches, whether it was the original rockets, the Space Shuttle - and marvelled at the huge rooms of control panels used as part of the missions. Jeff Highsmith was also a fan, and has spent a not inconsiderable amount of effort into recreating his own "Mission Control" panel.

It's powered by Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards, with the Arduino taking care of all the switchgear and LED displays - and the Raspberry Pi to play sound effects and more. Finally an iPad is used to display space-related videos to add to the effect. Overall, this is an awesome project and can be seen in construction and action through the following video:

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