The lock uses the Teensy, rotary encoder, circular led bar graph, and the encoder library. You twist the knob to the correct position as indicated by the LEDs, push down on the knob to set that value, and on the 3rd value the sequence will be checked against the first 3 bytes of EEPROM. If the combination is correct, “Secret Word” is sent as keyboard input.
After being handed an old package of the SN76489 sound chip, Alex wondered if could be used as a synthesizer. After a bit of research he was inspired to make the Squareinator.
Squareinator drives a SN76489 vintage soundchip as a monophonic
synthesizer, using all three squarewaves plus pseudo-random noise to
deliver a fat synth sound. A multi-mode 12 db/oct VCF adds additional
character and is playable at full oscillation. All synth functions are
exposed as MIDI CCs. The ATMEGA32U4 in the Teensy 2.0 allows us to use
the high-speed timer PLL to provide the 2 mHz clock required by the
SN76489 with no extra parts.
You can find the code for the project as well as a schematic on GitHub.
Lofture says that it was simple to build. It uses a Teensy ++ to sample from an AD8307 logarithmic amplifier from Analog Devices, 200 times per second. A Rotary Encoder with a built in Pushbutton is used to navigate the various displays and to access a settings/configuration menu..
The project web page has a detailed write up and includes the code for the project.
This creative clock has birthdays of friends and family stored in it. The clocks picks up GMT date and time from GPS satellites by using Mikal Hart’s GPS code and prints a birthday greeting at 8 am on the morning of the birthdays. On Andrew’s 100th birthday the clock has an added bonus of printing a map to locate treasure he’s buried somewhere.