DIY Wireless Color-Shifting Device

The maker of this device, Nate True, lovingly refers to it as “color changing dealy” or an “abstract decoration.” It’s definitely abstract, and “decoration” is an apt term as it doesn’t really do anything but emit light. But still, it’s made from a tap light and changes color wirelessly — all for under $50.

The person [on Ask Slashdot] was asking for ideas relating to building your own glowing and color changing ball. Being the kind of person to take such a general request for comments and turn it into a personal reason for living, I quickly skimmed the description on ThinkGeek and came up with these requirements for my project:

  1. Must be a relatively featureless decoration
  2. Must emit light
  3. That light must be able to change color
  4. That light must have at least 256 colors
  5. Must cost less than $50 to make
  6. Must be wireless, with at least a 30-foot range
  7. Must be controllable by home computer

The creator includes code and even the electronics schematics (for those that know what to do with such things). I’m not even going to act like this project is in my league.

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