Post by zutlewurdle on Feb 27, 2017 1:45:30 GMT -5
A quick search of the posts indicates that there's not too many dabbling with Arduino based sabers. Just thought I'd share.
The first prototype build came together quite nicely, though based on a 5v Arduino, finding suitable power was a bit of a pain. Also needed to a couple of 5v regulators to keep everything shipshape. Still, it works! (Blue PVC saber in pic).
V2 is based around a 3.3v Arduino module. Has the added bonus of being able to run from a 18650 and we don't need any regulators or 3.3v regulators for the LEDs (internal resistance of the battery seems to limit current OK and the LEDs seem to survive at 3.7v).
Working breadboard is here
And the near completed build which I'll be hot gluing a caddy for this evening (waiting on illuminated switch, 3W Star LED and 28mm 8ohm 2W Speaker). You can see that the electronics is not much longer than a 18650 battery. It's all going to be squeezed into a 26.5mm PVC saber for my 6 yr old (who as you can tell from the video, knows it's on it's way).
Post by ZahcStarKiller on Feb 27, 2017 1:57:32 GMT -5
Very cool!!! I have been thinking about playing around with arduinos to make a blaster that uses a real burning laser and has modes where the laser can be disabled for costume purposes. Endless possibilities!
methos: Money can't buy happiness... but it can buy lightsabers, which is damn close
Mar 21, 2017 19:24:53 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Truer words, methos... truer words
Mar 21, 2017 20:46:30 GMT -5
ZahcStarKiller: Yeah I have to agree. I just happened to stumble across spot #1 on the orbital machining Obi TPM run and had the opportunity to purchase it. That is pretty darn close to happiness.
Mar 21, 2017 23:40:41 GMT -5