Raspberry Pi-Powered Back To The Future Time Circuits

Here’s something that’s a little late to celebrate the fact that all the events in Back to the Future have happened in the past, but that’s what time machines are for, right? [Deater] created Pi-powered time circuits and a flux capacitor. He might not have a DeLorean, but he does have the equipment to turn a DeLorean into a cool car.

The ‘time circuits’ shown on-screen in Back to the Future actually weren’t very complex; the times were just cutouts with lights and gels; no real electronics wizardry necessary. Of course the BttF DeLorean has since been remodeled and refurbished with time circuits that look and act the part, and [Deater]’s time circuits have everything you would expect: a display of the destination, current, and last time, sound effects, numeric keypad, flux capacitor, and a speedometer.

While it doesn’t simulate the time circuits from the movie exactly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The movie time circuits were colored gels, and wouldn’t exactly be practical for a Raspberry Pi-based prop. It’s a great build, and one that would look great in either a ’98 Nissan Altima or a DeLorean

12 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi-Powered Back To The Future Time Circuits

    1. with the current setup the display does glitch out occasionally. Best guess is there’s some sort of noise/bad connection across all the i2c cabling. I feel like it does add a certain element of authenticity.

  1. haha interestingly enough if I do manage to get it installed in a car it’s likely to be a ’99 Mercury Tracer. Wish I still had the ’66 Mustang, it’d be much easier to get it to 88MPH, but much harder to get the current speed off of the CAN bus.

  2. Hello,

    I am French and I could see your wonderful project. Very nice work.
    I tried to see one of your drawing with Eagle but I can’t open it. (ex: redgreen_ledboard.sch).
    With What can I open it?


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