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.

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.