Building Custom Floppy Drive Power Cables

So far, I’ve figured out how to get a single floppy drive to make music. But why play music on one floppy drive when you could play it on eight?

An Arduino Uno with Moppy can drive a maximum of nine drives when connecting directly to the I/O pins. If you have nine drives on hand and an Arduino Uno, it’s simply a matter of connecting the data lines to the Arduino (step, direction, and drive select), and the power lines to a 5V supply.

That’s the simple and messy way. The more complicated, cleaner way is to build dedicated custom power cables that fit the floppy drives, and custom circuit boards to connect to premade 34-pin IDC cables.

I prefer the cleaner way, so I decided to build my own floppy power cables.

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Getting Started with Musical Floppy Drives

With enough ingenuity, you can turn just about anything into a musical instrument. A few years ago, some inspired makers did just that using floppy drives. By manipulating the drive’s read-head motor, you can produce different pitches and therefore play music!

After doing a bit of research this seemed surprisingly simple, so I thought I would take a crack at it.

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DIY Ambilight: Videos and Gifs

Project complete! The LEDs are in place, the code is done, the PCB is built, and everything is installed and running. So what is there left to do? Shoot some videos of everything in action!

In all of these videos, the ambilight is generating colors in real time based on the monitor’s image. The monitor image is as-filmed and is not superimposed.

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