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Spoke POV

By Richard Frankum - Posted on 07 January 2010

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I'm planning to order a Spoke POV kit from Ladyada.
I'd love it if people wanted to split / substitute / combine orders.

Spoke POV is an easy-to-make electronic kit toy that turns your bicycle wheel into a customized display! The project includes a free schematic design, open software for uploading and editing stored bitmap images, and a high-quality kit with all the parts necessary to build your own.

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THS Class: WTF is a Resistor

"WTF is a resistor?" or "Electronics Basics: The stuff you need to get your shit up and running" by Akiba and MRE

Location: Aoyama. Map sent to you when you reserve a place.

Weekly Meeting

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Please bring an item of interest for Show...

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My show and tell last night was about today's solar eclipse. The best time to view the eclipse in Tokyo will be at 11:15. It will be 70%. We are too far north for a total eclipse.

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THS Class:WTF is a Resistor - レジスタって何よ?!

Akiba と MRE による "レジスタって何よ?!” または "エレクトロニクスの基本" 講座

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Weeekly meeting

== Next Meeting 次回の会合 ==
:Time: Tuesday July 28th at 8pm
Location: Kimono Wine Bar and Lounge
Address: 東京都港区西麻布4-18-20

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Some alternatives

There are some alternatives to SpokePOV. I haven't seen any I like better.

Monkeylectric's Monkey Lights are ruggedized weatherproof boards, but they aren't programmable. They have some preset patterns but you're not able to add your own picture to be shown.
Their site is at
and you can read a review at

Volcanic is a self-lighted wheel setup, much more stable but no POV image, just pretty lines.

"Hokey Spokes" is another store product, and multiples seem to sync with each other. I can't find their site at the moment.

This is a group that used the SpokePOV. It doesn't appear to photograph well. :)

I'm SPOKEn for...

I'm interested in participating/paying for a spoke kit

Ultimately I'd like to make my own version of the the 2000 dollar (!) Monkeylectric "video pro"

I'm still tossing up cost vs amount of work to weatherproof vs # of patterns.
I'm leaning towards monkeylight atm. Will decide soon.

Q: Can I show my own images, text or videos?
A: The Monkey Light is pre-loaded with thousands of artistic and geometric visual effects. It does not show user-entered text, images or video. Our Video Pro system can show images and video, but it is much more expensive.

gotta be a way to hack it... Whats that connector for, if its not for programing your own patterns?!
It appears to not do text at all.. ????!!!

A late update
Well, I didn't get other responses about buying the kits, so I ordered my 3-Spoke kit last week.
I'm planning to make 2 with blue LEDs and 1 with green, and I'll try to get pictures of the process up as it happens.

Kits arrived a couple weeks ago. No specs for the blue LEDs but the adafruit forum suggests for green:
>2000mcd green clear 5mm

I picked up 18000mcd greens at Akiduki a while back, will have to go back to complete it.

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