Daft Punk table with iPod dock

This beautifully crafted Daft Punk table with iPod dock was built by [Dustin Evans]. The table itself was built with the help of a friend in one day with electronics added a bit later. It features an 8×8 grid of boxes with red LEDs mounted inside. The picture above is not quite the finished product, a diffuser will be added later to augment the scattering of light already provided by cutting the tip off of each LED. On the underside you’ll find a power supply and a set of speakers. The system is controlled by an Arduino which resides in the same drawer as the dock. See the final product in the clip after the break.

[via HackedGadgets]


  1. Tom says:

    You mean Steampunk, right?!

  2. david says:

    Gah! Don’t you hate that you finish a project and you end up with a burnt out or faulty LED! d’oh!

    Oh well once you get that fixed and add that diffuser in that will be a sweet ass table! :D

    http://www.dbclunie.com – My Personal Blog

  3. d!ne says:

    thats whack

  4. ledtastic says:

    He knows the led is out.

    Seems like a good idea to put some tape on it to remember which one.

  5. macona says:

    So, other than him playing Daft Punk on the ipod, what makes the table a “Daft Punk” table?

  6. Drew says:

    I’m with Macona. I don’t really understand. The guy calls it the iTable on his site.

  7. vonskippy says:

    Must be for the younger crowd. Doesn’t do anything for me except become boring after the first 15 seconds or so.

  8. hmm says:

    Flashing lights, what’s not to like?

  9. Dustin Evans says:

    The reason I call it a “daft punk” table is because I saw this on YouTube and it inspired me.

    Then while I was making it Hack A Day posted an article about the iPod serial interface with an Arduino. This is my first Arduino project and I basically combined the two ideas. Thanks HaD for publishing this.

  10. charlie says:

    conceptually? neat.

    practicality? useless.

    not sure i would have wasted the effort, myself.

  11. jh says:

    and a dead cell. why didn’t they fix that cell before taking the video?

  12. Don says:

    Great work! Nice looking and functional too. I wonder if this thing could display the Lyrics of a Song or something a little more interesting to watch? On the other hand, if all you want is to have a Seizure… then this should to the trick!;)


  13. tyro says:

    It has a dead “pixel”.
    Even if it didn’t its is still just blinking leds.
    I wouldn’t have cut a hole in a perfectly good table for this.
    What a waste.

  14. tim says:

    oh boy, so much work and not using RGB leds !

  15. osgeld says:

    OK +1 cause personally its an outdated fugly table, and now its “smart”

    otherwise I dont fully understand “draft punk”, and I would be embarrassed to go through all the trouble and shoot the video with a dead segment

    really, its not going to kill anyone to not see this for another week

    turdly good work and I hope you learned along the way

  16. vonskippy says:

    “turdly good work”

    Freudian slip or is the truth in commenting filter turned on?

  17. Blackbelt says:

    it looks pretty good actualy,
    if you look at his pictures you can see he actualy build the whole table himself, and made his own led matrix.

  18. RussWill says:

    No, he just assembled the table…

  19. Dustin Evans says:

    The table came in pieces of wood. We cut the holes, put the whole thing together, made the grid, hand soldered 64 leds after cutting the tips of them off to defuse the light, painted the grid, and varnished the wood for the table. The drawer was also built by us. The only thing that wasn’t made by us is the legs and only because we didn’t have a lathe we could use to make them. -Dustin

  20. osgeld says:

    vonskippy, in order to show that I do have some form of a since of humor down in my cold black heart I often use turdly, and you might see testically as in the following

    “testically speaking that should be OK but you might want to check your voltages”

  21. Ian says:

    I like it. Hack-A-Day haters always gonna hate, though.

  22. M4CGYV3R says:

    Blinking lights do not a “Daft Punk _____” make.

    Lol, dead pixel.

  23. Alex says:

    My monitor has nearly two million pixels, and I’m bothered by a single dead pixel in the corner. That table would drive me nuts.

  24. Badger says:

    Now that some one made this Table with red LEDs, whats to stop someone else with maybe more cells and some RGB LEDs from taking it a step further.
    And make the flashing visualizations go in sequence with the music. Is any who here is willing to try?

    An important part of hacking is not just the successes, but the failures (and to learn from them). Isn’t the purpose of a hack is to expand or re-purpose the function of a item outside of it’s intended use?

    Although I did like the concept of the table, and the skill to get this done is great. Dead LEDs happen.

  25. Rob says:

    @Alex: I hear you! Stupid pixel way down in the bottom right corner, still catch glimpses of mine! One pixel, and I cringe. The table… It must be destroyed!

    Seriously though, I’m gonna write “Daft Punk” in marker on my fridge, and submit a video of me opening and closing the door, WITHOUT a song of theirs playing in the background. That’s pro right there!

  26. sd says:

    @everyone asking why is this ‘Daft Punk':

    His design is inspired by the table in that video, which in turn was designed by Daft Punk.

  27. yosh says:

    I don’t wanna be that iPod when somebody runs into the drawer.

  28. M4CGYV3R says:


    This is almost nothing like the actual original Daft Punk table. That had a black reflective finish with the LEDs off, and large cells that went almost edge-to-edge. This has a wooden finish and a small inlaid grid of blinky LEDs in the center, which looks like a white grid when it’s off. Hardly the same at all.

    The Daft Punk table was so-called because it was actually DESIGNED by the Daft Duo. Not because it had blinky lights.

  29. glagnar says:

    Around the world, around the wooooorld.
    Around the world, around the wooooorld.
    Around the world, around the wooooorld.
    Around the world, around the wooooorld.
    Around the world, around the wooooorld.
    Around the world, around the wooooorld.

    Either way, I’d like to have this in my living room.

  30. huntb says:

    you should consider doin the hole table to the edges and just use 1/4″ sheet metal as your crossbeams and to make the boxes then lay a a frosted glass on that baby
    and you have even a sicker table

  31. slippyslap says:

    Wow I thought he repurposed some ugly 70s table and some junk laying around. If that was the case I would say great way to spend a boring weekend but then I saw the build pics. Its disturbing that he built the table and calling it daftpunk is blasphemy!

  32. strider_mt2k says:

    daft punk
    steam punk

    The only one who wins is the guy who runs the hardware store.


  33. mjrippe says:

    @ Dustin – Not a bad first project, nice work! When you fix the dead pixel and add some different animations you should post a new video for all the snarks to watch.

  34. kungfuhonda says:

    i dont care what they say, i think its neat.

  35. bob the knob says:

    Did you guys get your vagasil swapped with the tabasco sauce again? Cool table fawk the siracha douchers. Got dayum sausage jockeys.

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