Deck the cubes

deck-the-cubes

[MrBuildIt] has lived up to his name when it comes to this year’s Christmas decorations. He built a rig that spreads Christmas cheer from one end of the cubicles to the other.

In the demo video after the break you’ll see that the system is controlled by a nicely polished Android app. It lets you choose from three different Christmas songs (or no music at all) as Santa Claus makes his rounds. The app includes buttons for switching all of the lights on or off but we think it’s more corny fun to see then turn on as Santa flies overhead.

The sleigh and three tiny reindeer are suspended from a pulley system. When they make it to one end of the office a hall effect sensor serves as a limiting switch. From the look of it you’d think Santa will be flying backwards on the return trip but there is a servo that flips the thing around so that he’s going the right way.

This is quite a gaunlet to have thrown down when it comes to office decor. We’d like to see what geeky thing’s you’ve been doing with your own decorations. Get some details up on the web and send a link our way!

[via Reddit]

Comments

  1. ka1axy says:

    “…EIGHT tiny reindeer.” It’s in the poem. Extra points for Rudolph with an LED nose.

    So sad to see such a clever hack marked down for lack of attention to detail.
    (Nicely done, though)

  2. :////

  3. This is nothin. I have what I call a RaspberryPi-erplace, it’s a Faux fireplace made out of printer paper boxes, with a LCD monitor powered by a RaspberryPi playing a Fireplace DVD ISO (From a DVD I actually own!) wraped in Faux brick wall paper and a mantle made out of docking station shipping boxes.
    My cabinet is turned into a giant present complete with ribbon and bow and I have a tree.
    No random decorations strewn about, this junk’s all covered for holiday joy.

  4. n0lkk says:

    Santa will be going nowhere fast if he decide what direction he should be going. Keep the liquid Christmas cheer away from Santa. Put a grandma at each end, so he runs over grandma before he turns around.

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