Another week, another set of projects for element14 presents. It's been a long week here in Southern California with the first US presidential debate turning into the worst episode of The Odd Couple, a heat wave baking inland Orange County for the past few days, a live Twitch stream, and some complications with the 2XL 8-Track player, but I'm just chugging along! Stay tuned to this space for further updates!
My latest episode of element14 presents debuted this morning, walking through the creation of what might be The World's Most Esoteric Timepiece(TM): an Arduino-powered clock that tells time by displaying various colors. HH:MM:SS time is converted into hexadecimal values from 0-255, then those values are mapped to saturation levels in an RGB color space, and the result is displayed on a TFT LCD screen. It's hard to describe, so I suggest watching the build video (as well as the supplemental content) to get a better handle on it. There's a lot of good information there on building an Arduino clock, interfacing an Arduino with a real-time clock module, and driving various displays. I'll be applying many of these concepts to a Raspberry Pi in a future video, so watch this space for updates!
Still elbow-deep in the 2XL refurbishment. I think I've narrowed the 8-track problem down to the plastic bracket holding the playback head, which is cracked. I need to fabricate a replacement, but design iteration is proving kinda slow with having to go back-and-forth to the shop every few hours.
Complete. This was quite a bit of personal housekeeping, but it's extremely satisfying to have everything reorganized and ready to build from!