What This Guy Created For His Older Brother Is The Coolest Thing I've Seen In A Long Time

November 6, 2014

Trying to one up his brother on creative birthday gifts, this guy just set the bar at a level most might consider unreachable. He created one of the coolest and most beautiful things I've seen in a long time.

"Every year he gives me something awesome for my birthday which I can never one-up, mostly because I'm still in school and usually too broke or busy. This year I was determined for that not to be the case."

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It took him a few months to put together, doing a little bit every night while learning a lot.

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He had to solder on about a hundred resistors onto the anodes of each LED.

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A lot of soldering.

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Three boards with all the outputs done.

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In his original post, he outlines every step of the way with about 100 photos. We just wanted to give you an idea of the work involved. So let's fast forward to the finished piece.

The back has a transparent yellow piece of acrylic showing the mess of wires inside, and it also lets out a nice glow from behind at night.

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The lit up pushbuttons on the side control minutes and hours. One skips an hour ahead and the other skips 5 minute increments.

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It is run by two separate microcontrollers and a DS3231 RTC.

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It even has a special feature that activates on his birthday.

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Happy Birthday, Dean. And oh, by the way...

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Credit: buckeyeworldcitizen

... Checkmate!

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