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St John's Beacon
A scale version of St John's Beacon (a.k.a. The Radio City Tower) in Liverpool, UK with flashing letters, twitter controlled downlights, picture replies and FM radio transmitter.Maker/DIY
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A large scale (1:133) replica of St John's Beacon (The Radio City Tower) in Liverpool, UK.
Like the original tower, the letters around the circumference and the downlights light up and the tower broadcasts radio. But unlike the actual tower, this one:
- fits on a desk,
- has DoES Liverpool (the Liverpool makerspace) written round the middle,
- flashes the letters in a random attract mode sequence,
- listens to twitter (@DoESTower) for colour choices on the downlights,
- @replies to tweets with a picture and message,
- broadcasts podcasts locally on FM radio, controlled by an RSS feed,
- has a 3D printed, thermochromic lambanana on top!
Original models were created with Onshape (https://cad.onshape.com/documents/28927cba45614a8eae7bdee6) (publicly available with login)
STL's are stored in https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/st-johns-tower
Arduino and Raspberry Pi programs are at https://github.com/brett-lempereur/beaconbot
Materials and methods
- White PLA
- Transparent blue PLA
- Smoked Transparent PLA
- 60 LED per meter Neopixel strip (https://www.adafruit.com/products/1461)
- Arduino Uno
- WiFi shield
- Raspberry Pi
- (short range) FM transmitter
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