Community event – LED spoke lights for TDU!

Volunteers wanted!

LED light spoke kit

LED light spoke kit

We’ve been invited by Ri Aus to run a community hack session for the Tour Down Under Science Outside the Square cycling event on Sunday 23rd January 9.30am – 1.30pm.

The idea is to put together a bunch of SpokePOV (LED spoke lights that make animations in bike wheels) with kids on the day, get them to design some simple pictures and animations, and attach them to bikes to show them off.

We’re looking for volunteers with bikes to help pix and I put together the kits with the kids. The bonus is that if you supply a bike on the day, you get to keep the SpokePOV kit at the end!

Email webmaster (at) if you’re interested. If you’re not, we’d still love to see you pop by on the day and join in the fun and watch the bicycle race.

Where: Santos Marquee at Elder Park, King William Road, city.
When: Sunday 23rd January 9.30am – 1.30pm.
Cost: Free!


Last night Pix, Nick, Jon, Damien, Matt, Jorn & I soldered up a couple of SpokePOV kits to make sure we knew how they worked & how long it’d take. We managed one in 2 hours. So we’ll be needing to work fast on Sunday to get them all soldered and attached.

We ran out of time (and batteries) at the end of the night to properly test them, but did manage to get a Pacman ghost on one, as well as the hackerspace logo.

Seems there are 4 banks to add images. The images can be converted from BMP (bitmap) image files, so if you’d like to get your images on the spokes, email them to me at webmaster (at) hackerspace-adelaide (dot) org (dot) au.

For anyone volunteering, we’ll be meeting at 9am on Sunday. We’ll be in the Santos tent somewhere in Elder park next to the Festival Theatre.

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7 Responses to Community event – LED spoke lights for TDU!

  1. Ryan Leach says:

    pacman ghost, not space invaders, other than that, good good blog post.

  2. Lisa says:

    cool they look awesome can’t wait to see what they look like on the day 🙂

  3. ryan leach says:

    I just noticed i wrote good good… fail.

  4. Charles Brown says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the SpokePOV kit you guys put on my daughters bike.

    Looks good and she’s so happy with it.

    • sighmon says:

      Our pleasure! Thanks so much for coming along and leaving a comment for us, I’ll pass it onto the guys that volunteered on the day. If you have any problems with it down the track or want to put some new images on it, feel free to come along to any of our hack sessions and we can show you how to reprogram it. The session times / dates are on our wiki home page.

    • Cobi Smith says:

      I’m glad to hear it Charles! Thanks for letting us know.

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