The Orb Proceeds
Here are some photos from the last few days of development on the 3D display:
Bending of the laser cut plexiglas strips into the rings that hold the LEDs around the custom form, also laser cut from MDF
Mounting the plexiglas ring on the frame
One of the first tests with the plexiglas ring installed. Runs perfectly and looks incredible even with no LEDs
The pair of power filtration boards are installed, along with a pair of incomplete logic boards for physical testing
Fine pitch TSSOP deadbug work. Unfortunately, soldering the leadless CASON package took some practice, and in the meantime everyone ran out of stock. So the choice came to either shrink the memory capacity (and the corresponding animation length) or to handwire a TSSOP in its place. Clearly the latter was the choice. Yes, there is a TSSOP-28 Atmel DataFlash hiding under the left side of that pile of wire.