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so i have a boebot laying around that was a gift for graduating high school from my electronics teacher and i found it the other day and was like i gotta do something cool with this. so I've decided that I'm going to turn it into a type of light controller. and yes i know this is an odd thing to use a boebot for but hey it'll do the job.
so i have a cpl concepts that i was thinking of:
1. make little light shows with the preexisting leds on the fans. i thought it would look cool if the CPU was under load that the light would sort of pulse with the CPU.
2. allow the user to turn the leds on or off or even put them on a timer
3. i could even control the rpm of the fans if i so chose

I'm still in the planning stages of this project and am open to criticism and other thoughts about wit i can do with the controller. eventually I'd like to make an interface for windows so u can change setting on the fly easily
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Dont think I could be much help here but I do think it would be a good idea, ive never heard of the boebot before but if its capable of all those things go for it, sounds like a good idea

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thanks. theyre pretty and fun to mess around with. id like to come up with some more things to do with it but all in good time and ill keep this thread updated
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thanks. theyre pretty and fun to mess around with. id like to come up with some more things to do with it but all in good time and ill keep this thread updated

Just had a quick look on google and I see this has a lot of potential, looks like the only limits are your imagination, I look forward to seeing what you come up with :-D
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post #5 of 9
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yes sir this is going to b a long process but very fun. i thought about using it to set the speeds of a water pump also but im starting with the light to get my understanding of it more.. then the hard stuff.lol
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so id like ur opinion on how i should mod the fan leds. should i use then as one or use them as individual? individual would b a little more work but would probly allow for more options when i begin programming it... choices choices
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so id like ur opinion on how i should mod the fan leds. should i use then as one or use them as individual? individual would b a little more work but would probly allow for more options when i begin programming it... choices choices

I suppose it depends if your gonna control just 1 fans leds or lots of fans, I say if its just 1 or 2 fans control each led individually, 3 or more fans just control then as one led per fan
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so i have a bit of a problem... my computer doesnt like to recognize the boebot. so im going to try a virtual xp and c if that fixes it or ill look into a newer controller with more outputs then i can do much more
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Cant comment on that one as I dont know the boebot personally or what the drivers/software etc is like...
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