If you’re going to pass the hat for donations to your hackerspace, you might as well add to the value proposition and give potential donors a little something for their generosity. And what better way to cash in than to channel the inner Brony in your donors with a My Little Pony themed dollar-bill vortex box?
Sick of the boring cheezy-poof jug her hackerspace was using as a donation jar, not-a-Brony [Michelle] was inspired by the CRASH Space mascot Sparkles, pictured left, to build a new box that will maximize donations by providing donors with a multimedia extravaganza. The Plexiglas box, resplendent with laser-cut acrylic hearts and spangled with My Little Pony stickers, is fitted with a sensor so that donations trigger an MP3 of the MLP theme song. A scrolling LED marquee flashes a gracious message of thanks, and to complete the experience, a pair of fans creates a tornado of the fat stacks of cash in the bin.
Putting a little [Twilight Sparkle] into your donation box makes good financial sense, as does providing incentive to deposit bills rather than coins. This project reminds us of our recent post about a custom claw machine which could be leveraged as a value-added donation box – just add a coin slot. And rainbows.
[Thanks for the tip, SamyKamkar]
19 thoughts on “Over-the-top Hackerspace Donation Box Brings Out The Brony In You”
Aww that’s cute. The pony has a soldering pencil for a horn.
Took me a sec to spot it. I was like what is that.. Is it a bomb? And then i i figured it out.
Your comment mentioned the word “sec” or seconds. For a minute, I thought your comment might be a bomb.
I noticed both your comments mentioned the word ‘bomb’. For a quarter hour, i thought both comments might be bombs. Then i noticed my comment has the word ‘bomb’ in it several times. I’m am now hiding under the desk! Duck and cover!
I noticed your comment contains the word ‘duck’ and ‘cover’, rather than fully read what you’ve written to understand the context, I have decided to overreact and complain that this is animal cruelty (oh, and that you must be a terrieriest but I’m not sure why, I assume it’s a trend on social media).
I noticed several nested comments containing the word bomb and my alarm clock went off. I had a mild panic attack. #IStandWithAhhhmedsKickedIn
I haven’t seen HaD on @midnight yet.. Maybe if we keep it going??
Ermergerd! I’ve noticed a pattern of bomb related language within these comments. Clearly you are all conspiring with each other.
¡ƃuᴉlᴉǝɔ ǝɥʇ oʇ ɟlǝsʎɯ pǝdɐʇʞɔnp ᴉ ʇɐɥʇ pǝɹɐɔs os ɯᴉ ˙doʇs sʎnƃ
They really need donations. They’re down to the last box of “cool supplies”.
I hate when things make a load of noise when I interact with them, this would actually put me off donating anything.
maybe they can make a second one and make quiet and low key for they quiet people
“For an additional donation, you too can enjoy your philanthropy in silence”
Yeah I’d totally add that option.
I used to work on a lot of game centerscwhen I was younger. Game attract noise annoyed me. I usually turned them all off, or setting to the longest intervals.
Because hacking is magic?
Not how I’d promote funding for a hacker space but each to thier own.
If it works, why not.
It’s a hackHERspace.
Unfortunately most bronies are males, hence BROnies.
As a geek, I’m rolling my eyes. (And snickering about bomb jokes) YIKES! There’s another one!
Congrats! You invented a pony jukebox!
The pony stuff don’t bother me.
The loud sound may, but, hey, you have to cover the fan noise.
But it’s a cruel idea to use RELAYS to command this mp3 board !
Come on, you have an arduino running.
And, pretty please, if you are going to command your relays without transistors, at least, put a free wheel diode TT_TT
Set up a software serial (let say, D2 and D3), connect it to RX / TX of the mp3 board, and just send ‘T1’.
Tada ! Melody is playing, you saved 8 relay, and extend future possibilities to volume change, playing even more song or using now free pins to command other devices !
In 10 second flat. Beautiful isn’t it ?
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