April 29, 2014

An Arduino-powered Cinema Slate

Another entry in the Freetronics Instructables competition this week is a fun Cinema Slate by member SpaceShipOne. This is the device used at the start of every scene to indicate details of the upcoming shoot for film and television. Usually they're a simple chalk board, however the electronic version contains an Arduino-compatible circuit driving eight 7-segment LED numeric displays with a real-time clock circuit - as shown below:

This allows for accurate time-keeping and also offers customisation possibilities - such as a stop watch, countdown timer and more. However for more information, including the creation of the physical slate, visit the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. 

However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.

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