I created this special version of the ISS-Above – Pumpkin edition. Kids who come by our house this Halloween will get a different kind of a treat – with live views of the earth from the International Space Station with light displays from an LED strip with 144 RGB LED’s – all controlled via Bluetooth LE.
Here is a little edited video of what the display looks like during an active pass of the ISS
More detailed photos of the pumpkin here->
Initially c reated the ISS-Above “image” as a shaded carving.
Only the red colors really worked through the shaded ISS. All other colors were practically invisible.
I then carved out some of the solar panels to allow other colors to be more visible. SHown beside a little 3-D model of the ISS
A peek inside showing the LED light strip. Also to the left you can see the RFduino based Bliuetooth LE device I am using to control the LEDs
Photo of the Pumpkin in action outside the house with a little HDMI monitor showing pass data about the ISS
note: Kids visiting on Halloween will also get the usual candy treats too 🙂
If you live in the UK – just go outside and Look Up at 6:30pm on Sunday Feb 16th. ISS will begin low in the W and go directly overhead at 6:34pm.
The numerous ISS-Above devices currently in the UK will be making a big fuss with their colourful displays to show how close the ISS is to you.
||16 February 2014
||413 x 418 km, 51.7° (Epoch: 15 February)
|Reaches altitude 10°
All information provided by Heavens-Above.com