The original Cylons are from TV's Battlestar Galactica. They are humanoid robots with a scanning red visor where their eyes should be.
This is a tinyCylon because it's, well, tiny and because it is based on Atmel's ATtiny family of microcontrollers. My tinyCylon is a small, electronic device which simulates the red scanner. Add some chrome and you're halfway there!
Where some people look at my little invention and see a Cylon, other people see KITT's scanner from TV's Knight Rider. I guess a lot depends on how old you were when these TV shows were first aired.
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I just added the Tiny Cylon to my Rostock Max printer. It looks great (and runs off my +5v for active endstops). Here it is installed Here it is scanning
Hah, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing!
It there an assembled picture?
Lots - here's one from the creator's website: http://www.dalewheat.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/tinyCylon-thumb3.png. A video of it in action on a snowman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJdvrWFtQds.
Where is the full Cylon kit?
BY YOUR COMMAND.
omg. lol I love it! But no really...how do I build a giant, walking, talking robot that will not hesitate to do my every command? I WANT THAT! LOL
Sorry, we'd help you, but this is exactly how the First Cylon War began.
Is there any way to control the rate?
You'll have to alter the programming on the chip is all.
This is dagget dribble!
HOw bright are these? I'm looking into integrating these into my proton packs...... :)
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Three AAA batteries mean this runs on about 5 volts, right? That battery pack seems really large for this little guy - I'd love to run it off a few coin cells, could that be done?
The ATtiny will run on anything from 2V to 5.5V (there's no onboard regulator), so sure, give it some voltage in that range and it will happily kill all humans.
They have a plan...
Make one that's bigger? same but with bigger LED's? If so, I smell a costume in the works...
If you make these in a handy 12v version I know I could help you sell at least a thousand...
I agree, a 12V version would be awesome!
"tinyCyclon"? Galactic domination, pedal-by-pedal :-)