I wanted to create something unique for the upcycling assignment. I had a accumulated some electronic components from past classes and also from the ITLL to create what I call LED spiders shown in Figure 1. I really liked to watch and sometimes even capture fireflies because of there very interesting feature that they obtain to emit light. The idea started by trying to create a firefly made from electronic components that also lights up with an LED. In the progress I also made spiders with small LEDs obtained from the ITLL, and solder the LED in parallel.
In Figure 2 you can see the almost finished spiders and firefly, also I connected two spiders to a battery to test the LEDs. The firefly is nearly complete needing the most important component the LED. Once done with the firefly I will continue the final step by creating a small habitat for the little guys.
I also really like how they seem to feed off of the battery. Your idea is very unique, it sort of reminds me of a sci-fi movie! I can’t wait to see the final product with an environment of some sort. It would be cool to see other LEDs in the environment too, like for small flowers or leaves.
Awesome idea! Really interesting concept and I like how it incorporates engineering into the artistic world. Great way to get the younger generation interested in electronics and cool little toys!
Sweet! I like how they touch the battery to ‘feed’.
Also, is there a commentary inherent in electronics as bugs? Ubiquitous, maybe eavesdropping? Fragile but may outlive mankind?