Beats by Teensy

Jon Payne created his own MPC (Music Production Center).  He was inspired by an MPC and the DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter and decided to create and build a stand alone project that is a combination of the two.  This is a really impressive DIY project.  It sounds awesome and looks great.

While Jon describes it as a work in progress, it is functional with more features being planned.

Discussion of the project can be found on the forum.

Autonomously Navigating Rover

Jon Watte (jwatte on the forum) built an autonomously navigating rover.  This awesome rover is built for the outdoors and has individual steering on the 4 corner wheels.  Not only can this impressive rover follow a track, but it can climb up stairs as well!

Moneypit V for Victory Autonomous Rover

Jon took it to a race early this month and placed 2nd out of 20!  Way to go!

Here’s a training pass video showing the rover following a track.

And another video showing the rover climbing stairs.

The code for the project is available on GitHub





RetroBall LED Matrix Game

Brad Slattery created a build-it-yourself LED based kit for a classic PONG style video game using.  Retroball can be played with 2 to 4 players with levels ranging from easy to mayhem.

The project is open source and allows for users to run their own experiments.  This is a pretty awesome way to take a basic LED matrix and turn it into a fun game that’s also hackable.

Defragster, a frequent forum contributor, added Teensy support for the project.  His forum post includes the details of how he made this happen.








Force Feedback Flight Sim Yoke

Patrick McFadden and the team at Iris Dynamics developed an affordable force feedback flight sim control yoke.

Force feedback yokes are about the realistic implementation of trim.   Trim adjustments, weight and balance changes, speed, and aircraft configuration all effect the natural resting position of the yoke. When you use a traditional yoke which does not allow this “neutral” position to shift throughout various states of flight, an unacceptable level of realism is lost.  This force feedback yoke gives a realistic feel to flight simulation.

The design is open architecture to allow users to customize and update every bit of the software and hardware.

Don’t Look at Me LED Jar

Marcus Olsson built a sound reactive LED jar for a music hack weekend.

He named it “Don’t Look At Me LED” because when turned up to full brightness it’s really hard to look straight at it.  That’s what 576 LEDs glued around a 16cm jar will do for you.  I love the sound reactive nature of this project as well as the scrolling text feature.

Project details can be found at:

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Monophonic Guitar Synthesizer

Forum user wolke recently posted about his monophonic guitar synthesizer.  This DIY project has an impressive list of features.  This is a German language video that demos the cool effects.  The unique sounds remind me of spaceage music.

The code for the project is posted on Github

The modified audio library is on Github as well

Discussion about the project can be found over on the forum.

Tron Disc

Jason Kotzin made some mods to an off the shelf Tron disc because everything is better with more LEDs.  What an awesome way to take an off the shelf prop and turn it into something pretty cool.

The code is open source and can be found on this Git Hub repository.