Original Xbox RGB Ring Mod | Arduino

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The other day my original Xbox i originally got in 2003 started turning itself on again – which means it’s due for an open up and some maintenance as this is usually caused by some degradation of traces on the board.

I thought well this is a perfect time to mod it a bit more and use some of my recently acquired Arduino skills to turn the front LED ring into an RGB light show!

You can also catch this at my Hackster.

Key Goals.

  1. Upgrade my original Xbox with an RGB LED ring.
  2. Use an Arduino for the job.

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Holo Cube

Photons Be Free.

First up thanks to Banggood for sending me the screen for this project – you can grab one here!

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I’ve always liked the idea of holograms and while we are quite far away from having full on Star Trek holodecks, there are some cool things that can be done in the 21st.

So a while back Banggood contacted me and asked me if I wanted to do a project, I had a browse through the store and saw the above 800×480 screen and remembered I had a holographic pyramid laying around and came up with an idea for the HoloCube!

You can also catch this on my Hackster profile.

Key Goals.

  1. Have a ‘cube’ able to display a holographic real-time 3D image.
  2. Ensure that the 3D image being displayed can be viewed from different angles depending on the side of the cube.
  3. Have it be manipulable by hand movements/gestures using a Skywriter HAT.

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Fingerprint ID Nerf Gun

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A big thanks.

First up the parts for this project were supplied by DFRobot! They contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I had any ideas for a project and I thought a cool one to do would be a Biometric fingerprint ID locking Nerf Gun; inspired by the gun in Skyfall.

So thank you DFRobot! Make sure you check them out for your project needs.

You can also check this out at my Hackster page.

Key Goals.

  1. Have a Nerf Gun that will only fire when my thumb is placed on the scanner.
  2. Ensure that when my thumb is not on the scanner/someone else tries, it will not fire.

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Gravity Gun

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Yes, this all looks nominal.

Rise and shine, Mister Freeman. Rise and… shine.

I love Half Life and I’ve always wanted to make a Gravity Gun, but there wasn’t really a way I could think of making one, short of working for DARPA or something – then the other month I saw this video.

And I was like “Fascinating! I never suspected such things could be.” and imagined strapping the levitation unit onto the front of an orange Nerf Gun.

So that’s what I did.

You can also check this out over at my Hackster profile.

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