With no where else to show off the stuff I build, I thought what would be better than to inflict my insanity onto you - my captive audience. If you'd like a closer view of any image, just click it. And if you have any comments, you know the drill...
Beyond Time and Space
I love to build clocks, but I have no use for time - go figure! So I thought the perfect art piece for me would be a clock entitled "Beyond Time and Space" - and so it was born. Based on my new favorite microprocessor - the Texas Instruments MSP430 - this piece is completely custom built and hand painted. At 12"x24", it makes, in my humble opinion, a beautiful, one-of-a-kind work of art to hang above your fireplace! Now, I just need a fireplace... lol
If there is enough interest in this, I may think about selling copies on Etsy. Just have to see how that goes. I will update this page if I decide to do that.
All Photos, Designs, Schematics, Code and Elements of "Beyond Time and Space" are
Copyright (c) 2014 by Derek Tombrello
Custom-Built Trainer Lab
I build a lot of circuits. I have plenty of breadboards laying around that I test build on, but I wanted something nice. I have a couple of old Heathkit Trainer Labs, but neither of them had the components, connectors or power voltages that I needed so I decided to build my own. The power supply is a re-purposed ATX computer supply that supplies 3.3v, 5v and 12v - the voltages that I happen to use most often! The 7-segment display is a digital panel meter that can read either it's own power supply, or any voltage applied to it. Of course there's a removable Launchpad that I can use to program TI MSP430 ICs - my go to microprocessor these days. Finally, there is a two-line LCD display that I haven't gotten around to hooking up yet, but it will be attached to a LCD-to-serial converter to simplify hookup. I am also going to add a speaker in there somewhere and there is plenty of room left over for additional components as I need them. To finish the project, the sides were stained with blue stain and panels painted with flat white paint to resemble the Heathkit trainers that inspired this build.
Zelda-Themed MSP430 Treasure Chest Clock
Combining my love of clocks (although I despise the concept of time) with my love of the Legend of Zelda games, I decided to build a very special treasure chest cabinet from scratch for my Chronulator clock, complete with Triforce displays for the hours and minutes.
Wooden Paddle Boat
Nintendo 3DS to 3DS XL Cradle Modification