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DIY LED-Illuminated Sleep Chamber

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the good-in-bed dept.

Hardware Hacking 333

Bulldozer2003 writes "'Finally something both nerdy AND sexy engineers can do.' It sounds like an oxymoron but this guy took a cue from The Vos Pad and decked out his own dorm room bed with Light Emitting Diodes. They're even fully adjustable 'allowing me to create every color of the rainbow.' Total cost, according to him in an email: 'Around $25, the LEDs cost me about $0.25 a piece in bulk, and the potentiometers cost about $6 a piece from digikey. I got the LM317 voltage regulators as a free sample from Texas Instruments. Lots of companies will ship you free samples, its a good deal for college students.'"

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333 comments

frist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818218)

p0st

LIST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818248)

porrrrrst!

Hey, long time no crapflood!

whats going down? is there still ascii crap, can anyone get it WIDE like klerk could?

gone from the scene for almost 2 years!

updates PLZ!!!!!!!!!

w00t!

Chancellor Gordon Brown! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818464)

He's a goddamn smeghead!

Thanks for letting me to get that off my chest.

The LED Pimp Bed... (5, Funny)

truesaer (135079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818221)

...guaranteed to be sex free, no doubt!

Re:The LED Pimp Bed... (2, Funny)

Muhammar (659468) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818247)

nah, he is probably gonna write a paper about adjustable LED spectrum influence on man performance. That's why he put there all these potentiometers.

Obligatory Pun (5, Funny)

nijk (781345) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818258)

So do you mean free as in speech, or free as in beer?

Re:Obligatory Pun (2, Insightful)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818490)

So do you mean free as in speech, or free as in beer?

The ladies see the bed and head for the freeway.

Nothing spells NERD like a bunch of bright colored LEDs decorating your living space when it's not Christmas.

Except maybe for that Linux pc in the corner.

The perfect excuse for a drunk woman... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818298)


He blinded me with science.

do27

Not true (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818416)

EE Projects got me laid by some pretty damn hot chicks more than a few times - Especially if you offer to "pimp" their room with something cool for fun ;-) ...and no, it's not paying - I would have done it regardless. It's fun to add a vent that'll allow smoking, and put set-up projectors just to play Super Smash Bros on N64 (another chick magnet). Me and my roommate had our dorm on lockdown from day one! Me-Fi-Me!

Re:Not true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818518)

So you still haven't gotten laid 'eh?

Re:Not true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818596)

Didn't he mention that he and his roommate locked the room from day one? Man, that's love at first sight.

What's the point? (1)

jmerelo (216716) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818223)

DIY psychonautics without chemistry?

with all those lights... (0, Offtopic)

hax0r_par (776404) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818230)

it makes me wanna have a RAAAAAVE!! *raves* *gives light show*

Re:with all those lights... (4, Funny)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818334)

Re:with all those lights... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818552)

I couldn't get through to the website because the system is down [homestarrunner.com] .

Re:with all those lights... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818441)

it makes me wanna have a RAAAAAVE!! *raves* *gives light show*

Rave? Get with it. It's almost 2005.

Too cool (1, Insightful)

mr_tap (693311) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818232)

DIY just beats the heck out of getting someone to do the job for you

It's simple... (5, Funny)

hwoolery (443338) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818236)

Step 1: Light up dorm room with ludicrous light display.

Step 2: ...

Step 3: Women!

Step 2 (5, Funny)

Polarism (736984) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818283)

Plastic Surgery!

Re:Step 2 (2, Funny)

blixel (158224) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818455)

Plastic Surgery!

Something I wrote a couple of years back.

To the tune of Blurry [azlyrics.com] by Puddle of Mudd.

(Still a work in progress)

My wife is mostly plastic
everything's so fake
Her tits are full of saline
now they are in perfect place
Filled her lips with fat
They sucked out of her thighs
Her teeth were stained and yellow
but now they are pure white

If only I had said no
to plastic surgery
I would still be with you
and you'd still be with me
I use to be your world
I use to be your man
But now I'm just this guy
who pays for all your tans

Chorus:
I paid for everything
But you left me anyway
You slapped me in the face
You sprayed me with some mace
I paid for everything
But you left me anyway
You slapped me in the face

Everything has changed now
There's nothing left that's you
You wear a ton of makeup and
clothes that are see through
It wasn't always this way
You use to be a troll
But now all men adore you
And want to tag your hole

But I know all about you
I know who you are
You're just a gutter rat
who grew up in the park
You're just a dirty tramp now
using guys for cash
I hope someone rapes you
so I can have a laugh.

Re:It's simple... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818315)

Step 2: Tell women about your groovy pot [uiuc.edu] stash and invite them back to frob the big knob.

Re:It's simple... (1)

ocelotbob (173602) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818398)

be silly, shy, geeky, and playful. It worked for me. If only the politics of threesomes weren't so tricky...

Electric bill? (0)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818237)

As a college student who just moved out of the dorms and now has to worry about an electric bill, can anybody give me a ballpark figure on what something like that would cost to keep running?

Also, I'll bet it wouldn't be too hard to hook this up to a computer or to pick up sound waves and pulls or shift color to music.

Re:Electric bill? (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818243)

I don't think he should worry about the electricity bill, from what I know, LED's don't use that much energy in order to emit light. I think...

Re:Electric bill? -- Burnin' down the house (1)

PudgeMaster (815887) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818267)

I wouldn't worry about the electric bill, but I wonder how long it will be until he burns down the dorm? If you look at the pics, he mounted all the LED's through cardboard with the wires soldered to the back. PS: If he's doing this to get women, he might want to try just cleaning up his dorm room :)

Re:Electric bill? -- Burnin' down the house (2, Insightful)

shepd (155729) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818310)

If you look at the pics, he mounted all the LED's through cardboard with the wires soldered to the back.

If doing that burns down the dorm room he needs to take a course in EE! :-D

Re:Electric bill? -- Burnin' down the house (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818565)

If doing that burns down the dorm room he needs to take a course in EE! :-D

Nothing spells CHEAP like CARDBOARD.

I came close to burning down the house once when I left the soldering iron plugged in next to the drapes. My parents (thankfully) forgot something and we headed back to the house, discovered that it was filled with smoke and the curtains were smoldering.

This was thirty years ago. I remember to unplug the soldering iron to this day.

posting Anon, as I am an adult Nerd.

Re:Electric bill? (4, Interesting)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818299)

Practically nothing. The whole thing probably draws less power than one low-energy lightbulb.

Re:Electric bill? (1)

Al Dimond (792444) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818347)

Yes, one of my professors talks almost every day about how it won't be long before all lights are LEDs because of the low power. They just have people working on how to make them suitable for lighting rooms.

Re:Electric bill? (2, Interesting)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818483)

The big problem is, they throw a narrow beam of light. If you cluster them around in a big sphere, you get a very funky pattern, but it's still spotty and takes as much power as an ordinary low-energy bulb.


Of course, as we all know, "low energy" compact fluorescents are a waste of time *anyway*, because their power factor is so awful that twice as much energy again must be dissipated at the substation to compensate...

Re:Electric bill? (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818504)

Ever took a closer look at a led? Basicly the light source in it is a very small dot. The plastic around it turns it in a bigger dot (or square, triangle, whatever). Why not use a simular methode to build a spotless LED-bulb?

Re:Electric bill? (3, Informative)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818508)

The big problem is, they throw a narrow beam of light.
There's these things called lenses that can affect the width of a beam, and some other things called diffusers that you can use to, well, diffuse the light. Oh, and there's reflectors too.

Re:Electric bill? (3, Insightful)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818385)

Very little. LEDs are very efficient power-wise and suck relatively little current; normal LEDs light at maximum with about 10-15mA, after that
they burn out pretty quickly.

The power depends on the voltage, but, say, if you use a 12v power supply and light a 100 of those you'd be using just a tad under 20 watts. That's less than a cheap bulb, and trust me, it would light just a bit brighter ;)

As a matter of fact, LEDs are quite a neat lighting solution; they're cheap, awfully efficient and have a long working life. The thing is that, atleast until recently, clear light LEDs were unavaiable. Those are hard to make, and even then, white light LEDs are not very pure, color wise. Flashlights are beggining to carry LED diodes, for one.

Re:Electric bill? (2, Funny)

CitizenJohnJohn (640701) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818487)

Would those even be light-emitting LED diodes?

Re:Electric bill? (5, Informative)

spdt (828671) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818390)

Most LEDs operate at a relatively low current (~20mA) and voltage (~3V). This amounts to maybe .06 Watts (60mW) per LED. It looks like he has 5 panels of 4 LEDs and a 6-LED reading lamp, from the pictures; this makes 26 LEDs, consuming around 1.5 Watts in total. This is 1/40th of the power consumption of a single 60-Watt light bulb. If we say that electricity costs $.06/kWh ("US Federal Average"), then it would cost approximately $.09 to run these lights for 1000 hours.

The kinds of LEDs will probably have different operating characteristics than those I have in my head (like those UV LEDs, which are higher frequency -and energy- than I'm used to).

Whatever it is, it will not exceed the power output of the wall wart he's using.

Re:Electric bill? (1, Funny)

martingunnarsson (590268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818476)

[...] than those I have in my head [...]

You have LED's in your head? OMFG! Way cool!!

Reminds me... (5, Informative)

flatface (611167) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818242)

Reminds me a lot of this guy's [demon.co.uk] projects. He made some damn cool things out of LEDs there, complete with howtos.

What the guy is probably thinking.... (4, Funny)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818245)

"Why should I go to a club when I can stay at home, avoid long queues, drink cheaper alcohol, set up my own light show, and have the chance to choose your own music?"

ummm.......

Re:What the guy is probably thinking.... (1)

nijk (781345) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818276)

I think I fail to see your point, but are you talking about the lack of girls?

And we rate it... (2, Insightful)

cold fjord (826450) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818251)


Great for parties... wouldn't want to live there.

Uh. (1)

Omkar (618823) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818458)

You can turn it off whenever you want. It's not exactly HAL. Yet.

TI sample page down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818255)

go figure:

"Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a005e'"

Did they see us coming?

"sexy engineer" (1, Funny)

JaJ_D (652372) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818260)

Looking at the guy's facebook [thefacebook.com] site, "sexy engineer" is the last ajective I'd use

Apparently Huggy Bear has ordered one!

"Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." - Ian Malcolm (Jurassic park)

Jaj

Re:"sexy engineer" (with working link) (4, Informative)

JaJ_D (652372) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818288)

the link [thefacebook.com] wasn't working so I'll try again!

Pot signing out

Jaj

Re:"sexy engineer" (with working link) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818320)

Gah - is that some kind of dirty protest or what?

Re:"sexy engineer" (with working link) (1)

adpowers (153922) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818505)

Everyone should poke him. He may be the first person to get poked to death (due to a slashdotting).

Andrew

PS: If you don't understand poking, then you weren't able to view the Face Book page.

Re:"sexy engineer" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818337)

Well, like most engineering types, he seems to have a scat fetish.

At least he doesn't have that ugly-ass Unix beard that so many geeks try to sport these days.

Yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818263)

Slashdotting an SSL link. Way to go.

HTTPS? (4, Funny)

nick0909 (721613) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818264)

Are they trying to shoot themselves in the head by using HTTPS?

Re:HTTPS? (2, Interesting)

Al Dimond (792444) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818367)

As a U of I student myself, I wonder the same thing. The whole "netfiles" WebDAV system (which replaced the good ol' unix accounts we used to have) is all https, even for webpages.

This means that if you have image references on your webpages to external sites web browsers bitch about having some secure and some non-secure elements on a page, for one thing.

But, in short, yes, we at the U of I are trying to shoot ourselves in the head with this, just as we're shooting ourselves in the head with our new web-based registration system that's not designed to handle half the number of students we have and makes getting permission to register for certain classes a lot more work for everyone involved.

Re:HTTPS? (1)

karniv0re (746499) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818591)

We here at UNOmaha [unomaha.edu] are also using the WebDAV shite. And you can bet sure as hell Firefox can't use it. So if you want your netfiles, gotta use Explorer. I like having a folder I can get anywhere, but there are better ways.

Fortunately for us, we've been using web-based registration since I've been here in 2002, and it works quite well.

Re:HTTPS? (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818572)

Exactly what I thought. A great way to keep from gaining any benefit from caching proxy servers.

Well the guy is brave. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818273)

Posting pictures of your custom bedroom interior designs to Slashdot takes some guts.

It sounds like an oxymoron... (4, Funny)

sexysciencegirl (829001) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818277)

and it still is, take my word as a girl for it :-)

Re:It sounds like an oxymoron... (4, Funny)

JaJ_D (652372) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818314)

errr what? "Sexy engineer" or " sexysciencegirl " :-]

with tongue firmly in cheek
Jaj

Re:It sounds like an oxymoron... (1)

InfiniteZero (587028) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818332)

As oxymoronic as, uh, your nick?

Re:It sounds like an oxymoron... (1, Interesting)

SenseiLeNoir (699164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818391)

Not ALL geeks have issues getting women! ;)

Make sure you differentiate "Geek" with "Nerd" ;)

But back to the point. I do enjoy lighting, and i know for a fact girls do love discrete lighting such as this. I have used blue Cold cathodes in a similar fashion shining up onto the ceiling, together with carefull use of blacklight and ultra violet reflecting paint in certain areas can give an intresting look, and can certainly increase "the mood" when its, ahem, "needed".

Being a "geek".. i do have my computer in my room. But its a more an entertainment system, for TV, playing DVDs, Music, when its not being used for "work" and is pretty stylish, again with tasteful use of blue cathodes.

Question for the peeps out there.. I have a Wall Mounted flat panel display. And I am intrested to knwo if there is any "matchbox" computers, with no hard disk, and low power processor.. which use little power, but can display a slide show, or some sort, so my display can become a "virtual painting" when not being used as a computer. Is it possible to build one?

Re:It sounds like an oxymoron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818468)

it couldnt be too hard to build one, cassanova. :D

[OT] Security Info warning!!! (3, Funny)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818278)

got this for that guy's page...
This page contains both secure and nonsecure items


Do you want to display the nonsecure items

Clicking on no has no major effect that I can discern except for the guy's last box where the "Get Firefox!" icon/image is missing...

Re:[OT] Security Info warning!!! (1)

Barnoid (263111) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818311)

why is this surprising? His page uses https, but the 'Get Firefox' image is loaded over a http connection, hence the warning.

I (heart) Slashdot. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818280)

How long until every DIYer or EE dude posts on how they could have done it cheaper, more efficiently, and with their own favourite microcontroller?

Re:I (heart) Slashdot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818534)

Thank you for the opportunity.

Quite honestly, I don't know why he bothered to beg for LM317 samples when he could have pulled them out of any old junker linear power supply lying around, and if he didn't have those he could have used some zeners and power transistors instead of waiting for the mail to arrive with LM317s

It does make sense to use a microcontroller for the project in a PWM configuration driving power transistors.

This way you could control it with your pc from over the internet.

I'm sure there is some linux softare somewhere that would work with some X-10 modules.....

oh (1, Funny)

CMCC.PTT (830439) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818294)

Lots of companies will ship you free samples, its a good deal for college students. laugh.....

Broken LED (1)

EvilNutSack (700432) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818300)

I hope they aren't like my Xmas tree lights; if a bulb breaks they all turn off and you have to check each one manually.
Of course the LEDs in a pad don't work like that, but it would be funny if they did...

Re:Broken LED (1)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818340)

Then you must have some terrible christmas tree lights. I mean, even the cheapest I've seen could still stay mostly lit even if one burned out.

Re:Broken LED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818352)

I'll say what's funny: you actually can get LED xmas lights that are wired in series like your lights.
Hideous things...

Re:Broken LED (1)

ocelotbob (173602) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818413)

Throw away that 40 year old set of lights before you burn your house down. Seriously, lights nowadays are much more reliable, safer, brighter, and use less electricity.

Re:Broken LED (1)

devilspgd (652955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818533)

AND they're less likely to burst into flames at random. It still happens, don't get me wrong, it just happens less often.

obligatory family guy reference (1)

kndnice (453079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818305)

now you can be somewhere else when the girls don't call..

Haiku (5, Funny)

Ligur (453963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818313)

Man who lights his bed
with a multicoloured led
will never get head

Re:Haiku (1)

antivoid (751399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818402)

But if his LED Happens to be red He will be fucked in the ass instead. :p

Re:Haiku (4, Informative)

DJCF (805487) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818472)

Ok, no way is that a haiku.


1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

hmm? (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818516)

It follow definition 2. It's written in the form of these traditional Japanese lyrics verses, but is neither in the traditional language (Japanese) nor about the traditional subject matter (nature or the seasons).

Let me see if I got this right.... (3, Funny)

Vladan (829136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818316)

So this light display -- it's like a warning beacon of sorts, right? A light house, if you will, to warn the woman that the sexy guy she met at the club is an engineer and it's time to start preparing her excuses and leave, lest she crash against the inexperienced rock of his virginity.

Samples (4, Insightful)

vectra14 (470008) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818318)

The fact that the writeup included the bit about samples is really kinda dumb. Moderation is key. Samples are great but if every idiot starts sampling everything (which i'm sure will be a side effect of the present article) companies will stop sampling or make it more difficult.

in general, the state of slashdot is shameful these days. i dont have a solution (aside from simple obvious things like submission moderation, etc)... maybe i've just changed enough that it isnt the place for me anymore. which is a shame. cause from my POV slashdot aspires to be about Cool Things. the latest microsoft bug isnt a cool thing. it isnt news. (to adapt what John Stewart said about a transmission from Hussein).

and all of this Geek Nerd etc shit. I think the US population is nuts about trying to group people (including themselves!) into groups of like scales. I havent seen anything like it anywhere else (i live in US and have lived in other places).

anyway what was i gonna say? oh yeah:
to anyone who reads it - if you sample, please, PLEASE sample in moderation so that people that actually build prototypes and such (like *this) continue to have this wonderful resourse availible.

Re:Samples (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818399)

Or, instead of being such cheap bastards, try ordering parts online and paying for them.
Or go to the local electronics shop (no, that does not mean radio shack.).
You'll get your parts much quicker that way, rather than applying to sample parts.

It shouldn't be that hard to part with 25$, right? That's nothing compared to the few hours that would be spent setting this thing up.

Re:Samples (3, Informative)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818403)

Actually, most semiconductor companies are very liberal when it comes to sampling. TI, for once, ships three samples of almost anything on their catalog, to anywhere over the world, as long as you fill some personal info and state what are you intending to do with the devices (or atleast they used to). They once shipped me a very high quality opamp IC that i turned into a beautiful headphone amp. I can't recall the price, but it's surely wasn't cheap, if not unavaiable.
Maxim does the same, and i got from them a couple of LCD display drivers that would've costed me a sum here in South America.

Of course, they don't want the service to be abused. But for them it's a neat way to do advertising amongst designers (i sure regard both companies better after that) for cheap. Anwyay, 90% has no use for electronic parts anyway, it's not like it's free T-shirts.

agh (5, Funny)

miseryinmotion (615385) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818339)

I bet his roomate absolutely hates him

Re:agh (5, Funny)

JayTeeUK (473228) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818373)

Not as much as his University's network administrators:

"Forbidden
Available bandwidth quota for this filesystem has been exceeded.
(/bkpeters/www/LEDBed/index.html)

Please, try again later."

Warning (1)

RightInTheNeck (667426) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818345)

Warning : Be sure to place switch box up out of the way. Accidently bumping switches in your sleep can produce nightmares of Satan.

How long do LEDs last? (5, Funny)

falzer (224563) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818377)

25$ for 50,000 hours worth of birth control. What a bargain!

Must Have Female (1)

biologicalunit (803753) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818381)

I must do this too. Female interaction is something Mr. Wigglesworth desires.

what a dork (4, Funny)

Britz (170620) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818384)

what a dork:
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/bkpeters/www/Prom /imagep ages/image1.html
what a girl:
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/bkpeters/www/Prom /imagep ages/image11.html
what a dork?
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/bkpeters/www/Prom /imagep ages/image4.html

Re:what a dork (1)

Skyfire (43587) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818427)

Son of a... that's what I've been doing wrong all this time... I just need to get a shit load of LED's and look out ladies, here I come...

Re:what a dork (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818542)

Don't forget the I-was-raised-in-a-religious-cult beard, and American 'physique'.

MIRROR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818401)

Anyone got a mirror?

Hey! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818428)

How about another joke about how geeks don't have girlfriends! That would be really fucking original and hilariously funny too! It'll be just like using $ instead of 'S' It's FUCKING GENIUS!!

Great humping fuck. More bullshit than a rodeo car wash.

Re:Hey! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818446)

you stole my post...

bastard.

seriously, i didn't expect to see this many geek jokes, even for slashdot. but i see it as being all in good fun, these are the kinds of jokes /.ers can jab at eachother with no hurt feelings.

Re:Hey! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818456)

speak for yourself, you insensitive clod!

It'll never work (2)

ogma (755652) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818433)

'Finally something both nerdy AND sexy engineers can do.'

There may be plenty of nerdy engineers out there, but everybody knows there's no such thing as a sexy one...

Other uses (1)

p0 (740290) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818439)

... great! With this, it will be like being on acid, everynight!

Showing my age;-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818442)

Reminds me of the Dudley Moore scene in the film Foul Play.

what the hell has /. become (4, Insightful)

DJCF (805487) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818485)

Ok, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna post a "what the hell is this place comming too" post. Jesus, here's some guy who has done a rather awesome thing. Can we please just admire it for what it is without all the name calling? Jesus the tagline is "news for NERDS" - basicly everyone here so can we just stop it with the cheapshots and one-liners? And please, no more smart areses talking about getting laid. With that attitude you never will.

For those who were seriously interested in this project can I refer you to the link a fellow poster posted: it s more interesting [demon.co.uk] .

Re:what the hell has /. become (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818540)

You're not getting any either, huh?

The only sexy LED illuminated flat (0, Redundant)

humps (245087) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818496)

The poster has obviously not seen nice flats and non geeky things (otherwise why would anyone describe a few DIY LEDs over a single bed sexy...)

I cam across this flat a few years ago. Now this is proper LED and hi-tech stuff woth talking about!
http://www.findaproperty.co.uk/cgi-bin/reg ion.pl?r egionid=104&opt=story&storyid=5682

Can't get to it! (0, Redundant)

Ambient_Developer (825456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818520)

Forbidden

Available bandwidth quota for this filesystem has been exceeded.
(/bkpeters/www/LEDBed/index.html)

Please, try again later.

not my cup of tea (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818521)

Sex by any kind of electric light just does not work for me. Gotta be candles, I'm afraid.

*BSD is dying (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10818587)

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

oh. (1)

mrselfdestrukt (149193) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818588)

Damn! That looks kak!

Not bad but... (5, Informative)

Len Budney (787422) | more than 9 years ago | (#10818592)

Interesting! This guy's project basically connects a dimmer switch each to red, green and blue LED strings. The colors sorta mix, sorta producing colored light, but as you can see in his pictures there are major fringing effects (multicolored bands of light). The howto on this page [demon.co.uk] , suggested by another poster, gives a much cleaner result.

The link above uses a microcontroller and pulse-width modulation to vary each color's intensity, producing a much more even color effect.

Now, of course, I want to redo the apartment with them. Eternal lighting with no more power consumption than a couple of flashlights...yum...

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