SMTdemonEyes Original

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This is the original and tortuous Demon Eyes project.  I designed this as a boardless project, soldering parts directly to the chip.  The LEDs are designed to resemble a set of eyes and easily hung in tree branches and bushes.  Both sets very slowly flash at different rates.

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We still sell and support the original Demon Eyes kit, though the new SMTdemonEyes board is simpler and less fragile.

Demon Eyes Original Kit $7.50 ea/no battery:

Demon Eyes Original Assembled $10.50ea/no battery:

Demon Eyes designed by Charley Jones, PMP
aka Dataman
For SMTBoards.Com
10/2009

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GameOfLife Update

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GameOfLife is a project we purchased from Adafruit (http://www.adafruit.com/products/89).  We dearly love this project and have had a large array working for many years.  If you’ve never seen this, the boards interlock and communicate.  After building the array it became evident that there was a flaw in the code.  The panels could become locked into repeating patterns.

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I modified the code to detect repeating patterns and issue a reset.  Theoretically, only one 1.4 update chip is required per array.  No more locking array.

We sell the chip preprogrammed and assume you already have an array.  Simply pop out a 1.3 chip and replace with our 1.4

GameOfLife 1.4 Upgrade 5$ea:

GameOfLife 1.4 Upgrade designed by Charley Jones, PMP
aka Dataman
For SMTBoards.Com
5/2010

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SMTtimer

SMTtimer

This is what happens when you let an engineer overcomplicate a problem.  We wanted to give students 5 minutes per step during soldering class.  So?  We made a 5 minute digital timer.  Push the button.  The LED slowly blinks, getting faster and faster, until at 5 minutes, it’s nearly solid.

We no longer have kits, but do have some pre-assembled with battery.

SMTtimer Assembled $5ea/w battery:

CR1221 Batteries $2/5:

By Charley Jones, PMP
Aka Dataman 8/2012

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SMTdemonEyes

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One of of our very first projects was a much more complicated version of this circuit.  Recently we simplified this to a single sided board.  These run about 18 hours and look demonic in trees at Halloween.

Demon Eyes takes a standard 9v Battery, not included.

SMTdemonEyes Kit $5ea/ no battery:

SMTdemonEyes Assembled $7ea/no battery:

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SMTblinkyBall

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We miniaturized some some of the basic circuitry of SMTcylon and came up with BlinkyBall.  Just 14mm square.  It’s a motion activated ball, multi color, with 4 integrated programs: short, medium, long, and sleep. Drives cates nuts!

BlinkyBall is just 5$ as a kit, or 7$ assembled.  Each comes with a battery.  Spare batteries are CR1221 and available at your local drug store, or here 5/2$.  Due to current TSA rules, batteries must be shipped by ground.

SMTblinkyBall Kit $5ea/w battery:

SMTblinkyBall Assembled $7ea/w battery:

CR1221 Batteries $2/5:

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SMTstopAndGo

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StopAndGo is a simple project we designed for a local soldering class.  It’s a great demonstration of some of the capabilities of the 555 timer chip.

StopAndGo requires a standard 9v battery not included.

SMTstopAndGo Kit $5ea/no battery:

SMTstopAndGo Assembled $7ea/no battery:

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SMTfader

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This is our fading LED circuit which can be built with one or two LEDs.  This is based on the Apple Fading LED circuit.  We consider the dual LEDs an upgrade to our SMTdemonEyes project.  These will look really great at Halloween.

Fader takes a standard 9v Battery, not included.

SMTfader Kit $5ea/no battery:

SMTfader Assembled $7ea/no battery:

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SMTlightboard

SMTLightBoard
A bright package, in a tiny but expandable footprint. I had a request to design an expandable LED light strip, and this is the result.  SMTLightBoards can be strung together in series to make much larger arrays.

Light Board takes a standard 9v Battery, not included.

SMTlightBoard Kit $5ea/no battery:

SMTlightBoard Assembled $7ea/no battery:

SMTLightBoardsdesigned by Charley Jones, PMP
aka Dataman for SMTBoards.Com
7/2010

SMTlightBoard Build Instructions

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SMTblinky

SMTBlinky

While working on the SMTTester,
I realized that a tiny blinky led would be really cool.
Turns out the cheapest way to make an SMTBlinky,
Was to use a conventional blinking LED.

SMTblinky Kit $5ea/w battery:

SMTblinky Assembled $7ea/w battery:

CR1221 Batteries $2/5:

 

SMTBlinky designed by Charley Jones, PMP
aka Dataman
For SMTBoards.Com
4/2011

SMTblinky Build Instructions

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SMTcylon

SMTCylon

SMTcylon is based on prior work performed by Dale Wheat under the product name tinyCylon.  Mr. Wheat released tinyCylon as Open Source, and hence I chose to produce this project in an SMT Version.
Original information on this kit can be found at: http://dalewheat.com/tinycylon/

SMTcylon Kit $5/w battery:

SMTcylon Assembled $7/w battery:

CR1221 Batteries $2/5:

SMTCylon designed by Charley Jones, PMP
aka Dataman
For SMTBoards.Com
3/2010

SMTcylon Build Instructions

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