My Shiny Metal Tooth

Autonomous illuminated tooth sign for a dental clinic

Published on March 27, 2015

Categories: hardware, lights, sign

Tags: sign, el-wire, c++, fsm


"My Shiny Metal Tooth" is an autonomous illuminated sign I built for my father's dental clinic.

The project is a sign in the form of a tooth, dressed with EL-Wire, and controlled by an Arduino. The Arduino checks the current and sunset time, and if the current time is within an interval from the sunset and a predefined turn off time, the sign turns on. While being on, visual effects are performed, like blinking and fading.
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All the design files and source code are available on GitHub. For more details on the build, take a look at the tutorial on the repo’s wiki.