Piezo Generator

I’ve been thinking of ways of creating interactivity with LEDs.

One of the issues you run into is controlling them. You can control a few with an Arduino easily but when you have a lot of them it starts getting messy pretty fast.

Something  just dawned on me.  I happen to have a piezoelectric disk so I put an LED against it and I was totally amazed that there was enough current to light the LED! So I soldered it and tried a few simple experiments.

So an LED can be activated mechanically. Further, this could prove to be a great way of harvesting small amounts of electricity from mechanical systems.

Rain drop effect

The other day I sat and waited for 10m because I was ahead of time for a business meeting.

The rain was at such a speed that it was coating the windshield glass. The varying thickness of the sheet of rain was acting as a varying lens. I thought is was a really cool effect.

I took some video: