Rainbow Trail Lights

I wanted to make something for the #RainbowTrail which is a hashtag on Twitter to share positive cheer and happiness at this difficult time. Pimoroni sell a whopping 16cm 60 LED neopixel ring which can be used to make any colour on each LED as they are fully addressable. The ring is sold in 4…

Geiger Counter Nixie Clock

by Tom Sparrow Continuing my love of vintage and interesting items, I came across a non-working DP-66 Polish Geiger counter from 1971, which I set out to re-purpose as a Nixie tube clock. I stripped out any unwanted electronic internals, measured and drilled holes to fit the Nixie clock module, drilled holes at the rear…

The Phone of Positivity

by Tom Sparrow I came across an old military field phone for sale in a junk shop and loved the look of the phone,. However, I wanted the phone to be functional in an interesting way and no just something to look at. So after speaking to Mike, he gave me the brilliant idea of…

Retro Pi Radio

by Tom Sparrow Back in 2016 Medway Makers were the first place winners in our class at the Pi Wars robotic competition at Cambridge University. Part of Medway Makers prizes for winning at PiWars was a Raspberry Pi audio amplifier hat and this device was the perfect opportunity to bring an old retro ‘Hacker’ (Yes,…

Beautiful Custom Wooden Knife Handle Build

In a departure from our usual electronics based builds, Tom Sparrow has been experimenting with making some beautiful wooden handles for gardening knives. Tom says….. I started by drawing some designs on paper first, then making a model of the knife out of wood as I wanted to make sure it was comfortable for me…