MakerDate 2017 Information

So, if you’ve landed here from another link, you know that I’ve applied to be part of Assemble’s MakerDate 2017 event. Two sentences on what I do is a bit limiting, so I thought that I would instead show you. Some videos of the hobbies I engage in. You can also peruse this blog to see some of the gifts I’ve made for people.

So if you went to down town Pittsburgh during the holidays, you probably saw the "giant ball" Christmas tree in Market Square. Jennifer said it was pretty and actually said I could build one for our yard.(This is big because our marital consent decree states that beyond the few lights already on the bushes, the front yard and front of the house are off limits to my lighting addiction. The roof, however, is my playground.)Well, a tree made of balls of red and white is nice…..and simple……and for lesser men than me. Behold my prototype. 132 individually addressable RGB leds. Here it's just running a test pattern with some cool Larson scanner effects thrown in.Now I just have to figure out how to support about 8 of these on a wood frame so it looks something like a tree.It's not quite as jarring as the video would lead you to believe. My phone sucks at filming in the dark. The leds are actually quite warm and smooth in their transitions.

Posted by Christian Restifo on Monday, January 16, 2017

Channeling my inner Terry Bruce.

Posted by Christian Restifo on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I apologize to everyone waiting for the tooth brushing timer. Remember how I said I might make a mistake? That jumper wire is one of them. Connections don't work unless, well, they're connected. Still, looks fairly neat. This one was for Brian. The pink LEDs look great in real life.I'll have new boards made soon.

Posted by Christian Restifo on Monday, April 13, 2015

It lives!!!

Posted by Christian Restifo on Friday, June 23, 2017

Roof lights for this year. My test display has me really excited. I hope they hold up.

Posted by Christian Restifo on Thursday, November 17, 2016


Author: Tinkering Engineer

Any day you don't end up in the ER needing stitches is a good day.