As you have probably already seen in some of the past blog articles, you can build really cool stuff using Arduino. Coming up with really interesting ideas and bringing them to reality can be really exciting. And best of all, it doesn’t take too long! AND they’re much cheaper than most other options. For example, here is an interesting Maker project. You can build this cool looking 8X8X8 LED Cube with a little practice and patience.
According to the creator of this cube, it took 4 days to build the led cube and 4-5 for the programming. The 8x8x8 led cube took 512 LEDs which require more effort than a 2- dimension LED screen. However, instead of having 512 led IO ports, in this project only 64 + 8 IO ports are needed to create 2-D images instead of 3-D images.
The LEDs that are being used are diffused LEDs to allow equal brightness from all sides. The Atmel AVR ATmega32 is the orchestrator of the cube through a RS232 serial port connected to the computer to create those amazing 3-D shapes. The programming includes all that is needed to create each one of the different effects.
To get started on your own project using Arduino or similar Maker Kit, you can go to techblueprint.net. You will find a variety of kits there that you can experiment with. They also have online courses that can help learn some tricks to get you started. If you’re just getting started, you can start with the basic kit that’s currently selling for just $1 (plus shipping). If you’ve already purchased that or are more experienced and want something more advanced, try the Advanced Kit, which is also on sale. It comes with a large selection of parts and a CD that will help in learning how to use them (Note: you can get a Free Sensor along with it as well by using the code FSATK during check out).