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Nov 042008

I recently updated my arduino ambient orb to use some boards I got cut at a boardhouse in Colorado, and handed off a few of the finished products off to various friends of mine.  Well, my good friend John Erickson tossed together an awesome script for the election returns tonight. The orb starts off dark, and the script periodically checks the election results. As the results come in, the orb will gradually get brighter and brighter blue or red based on who is pulling in the EVs.

I grabbed his script and a spare board I had with me at the office, and used a plastic cup to whip up a quick electoral ‘orb’:

Obama Mccain
Obama wins! McCain wins!

I can’t wait to see the results tonight!

You can get the code for the electoral vote script from here and the full code and eagle schematics for the orb here.

 Posted by at 2:52 pm

  12 Responses to “Elect-o-meter”

  1. Awesome idea!
    Your link to the schematics is broken, by the way.

  2. Hello from the CCC chapter in Munich,

    we’ve seen your CNN script and adapted it to our wireless moodlamps.

    As we wanted a more precise reading we chose to display the percentages of the electoral votes in a fixed period of time. In this video:
    Obama is clearly leading, so we see pink(blue+red) for both candidates and the extra votes for Obama in pure blue.

    Greetings from Germany

  3. I did a bit of tweaking to the code to get a red-purple-blue balance instead of varying brightness’ of one or the other. Not that it matters anymore, but thanks for the great idea!

  4. Hey Devon,

    I got this running at a watch party I was at with an Arduino and a BlinkM from ThingM. Kept me well entertained till the celebrating started.



  5. Hey, I recognize that code 🙂 Good work!

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