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MAKER: Gyro'clock - The Spinnable Time Reader

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Make It!

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26.1116.1 - 26.1116.17



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Kasun Sanjaya Somaratne British Columbia Institute of Technology

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Kasun Somaratne is a second-year Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He explores his interest in electronics and creativity through innovative projects and experiments. His design for a wireless signal indicator vest for cyclists won the 2014 BCIT Student Innovation Challenge Award in the applied research category. He aspires to become an electronics engineer to help advance the field of electronics and to pursue his passion for creating innovative electronic gadgets.

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MAKER: Gyro’clock - The spinnable time readerThis paper will describe how to build a Gyro’clock, a timekeeping device that uses persistence ofvision to display time when the device is spun in the air by hand. This project is a fun way todemonstrate the use of a gyroscope as an angular velocity measurement device, and how ourbrain interprets visual signals. The main components of this device are a single row of LEDs, alow power microcontroller and a micro-electromechanical (MEMS) gyroscope. The gyroscopewill be used to synchronize the display and to implement a time setting feature. In addition todisplaying time, the Gyro’clock can also be programmed to display messages and art. Thepresentation will include a live demonstration and an opportunity for the conference attendees totry out the Gyro’clock.

Somaratne, K. S. (2015, June), MAKER: Gyro'clock - The Spinnable Time Reader Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24453

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