POV wheels for a longboard

If you don’t mind working with really small components this POV wheel project for a longboard will certainly attract some attention.

The name of the game here is small and cheap. Small because the wheels are only 72mm in diameter (about 2.8 inches). Cheap because [Ch00f] wants to produce and sell them locally. He went with an ATtiny24 microcontroller driving fifteen LEDs. Obviously this will present a problem as the uC uses a 14-pin SOIC package and that’s just not enough I/O to drive the LEDs individually. Add to that the issue of storing patterns to be displayed and you start to run out of program memory very quickly.

But obvious he pulled it off. The image above shows the wheel displaying the CT logo (for ch00ftech.com) and there are several other patterns shown off in the clip after the break. The LEDs are multiplexed, but the wheel spins fast enough that this turns out to be okay. The rotation is measured by an IR reflectance sensor aimed at the stationary axle. A CR2032 powers the device, with some counterweights added to keep the wheel balanced.

Our only concern is the fragility of the exposed electronics. But if you hit the right BOM price we guess you can just replace the board as needed.

[via Reddit]

Comments

  1. Robot says:

    Heh. Nice. You’ll have a real market opportunity here in Berkeley.

    – Robot

  2. Thank You says:

    Thank You for this useless information.

  3. Yarr says:

    “But obvious he pulled it off.”

    Proofreading fail

  4. Look really nice.
    Excellent write on, about each step of development. I sure the mounting can be over come if you give it some thinking time.

  5. Galane says:

    That’s not a longboard. Those are Freeline Skates. http://www.gizmag.com/go/5351/

  6. Whatnot says:

    Nice, but I’m not sure about that red color, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

  7. Derek says:

    That is actually such a cool idea.

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