Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 5]

I needed a case for the RaspberryPi. The good thing about the RPi being a business card-sized computer is that it fits nicely in a plastic box from old business cards. If you look on Ebay, you can buy 20 of them for £5 including delivery.

The boxes make fantastic custom RPi cases! I didn’t spend too much time and effort in cutting these accurately, but the result is fine for the purpose. All the necessary ports are exposed and the GPio cables have a custom hole.

The board fits snuggly in the box, so I did not bother fixing it. A bit of bluetack was used to stick the plastic box on the metal frame.

Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 3]

Step one was to draw the positions of the buttons on a piece of paper. I secured the drawing with some tape. P1000883_small

I first drilled pilot holes, then used a 16mm metal drillbit to widen the hole.P1000891 copy

 

A step drillbit was then used to accurately widen the button holes to the right size.

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An additional hole was added for the tablet charging cable.

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Wire harness in place.

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The tablet stand was created from scratch, using a perforated steel sheet I had in the workshop.P1000904 copy

 

I drilled a hole first and then, using the vice and a piece of wood as a guide, I gave it the right shape. The gap is wide enough to accommodate even a 10″ tablet.

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For now it holds an old Google Asus Nexus tablet

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An angled USB charging cable makes the connection looking quite neat.

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Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 1]

In a recent trip to IKEA, I found an interesting and very “hackable ” item: the TYNSES mirror:

hackable mirror from IKEA

hackable mirror from IKEA

[link to IKEA]

I wasn’t really interested in the actual mirror. I was after the nice metal frame. I removed the mirror, which was held in place by 6 stickers and I’m planning on making it a panel on which I will add 8 buttons connected to a raspberry pi. Then the panel will be clamped on my desk, allowing me to run things by pressing a combination of the buttons.

The buttons will be at the bottom part, in two rows. I’m thinking of having an old Nexus at the top, as a mini screen connected to the Raspberry Pi.

I will post more on this later on, as I build it.

Italian workshop on Arduino/Ikea Lamps!

It came to my attention today that a workshop took place in Italy a while ago on Arduino/Ikea lamps. This was an Arduino Workshop, part of the Torino Design Week.

Event Description:
http://arduino-tdw-2009.eventbrite.com/

Video on Vimeo:
http://www.vimeo.com/8559277

Arduino Code:
http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1263217950/

Blog post:
http://www.alluvionemediatica.it/Blog/tabid/59/entryid/25/Default.aspx

My original Arduino/Ikea lamp post was used quite a bit. One of my photos was used on the event description
and a few code posts referenced my site. I was surprised to see that I even got a credit on the video posted at Vimeo! Thanks guys!

Arduino/Ikea Lamp – 4,000 views…

40 days ago, I added here a post about a “hacked” IKEA lamp; a simple lamp, fitted with 20 RGB leds, an arduino board and a push-to-make switch which I built as a gift to the 2 year old daughter of a good friend of mine.
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Now, the lamp has appeared on the front page of the blog of the :MAKE magazine, the video had over 4,000 views recorded on Vimeo and I’m still getting many hits every day.

The most important thing: my friend’s daughter loves this lamp! :)