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Trippy RGB Waves Kit has a bunch of little lights on a table, each about the size of a chess piece, each independent of the others. Arrange them any way you want. Each one continually, slowly changes colors on its own -- but when you wave your hand over them, they create waves of colors that follow your hand. Trippy!

Another awesome and affordable kit from the creator of the TV-B-Gone and the Brain Machine, Mitch Altman.
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Trippy RGB Waves is for total beginners January 13, 2014
Reviewer: Mitch Altman from San Francisco, CA United States  
I've been using Trippy RGB Waves kits to teach total beginners how to solder for a several years now.  I've even taught kids as young as 4 years old to solder using this kit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/9451473564/in/set-72157634950462647
Fun for all.  :)

Mitch.


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Nice idea, not for beginners January 15, 2012
Reviewer: Thomas Harrington from Colorado Springs, CO United States  
This kit is a cool idea but the design makes it inappropriate for people just getting started with soldering. The battery pack solders onto the bottom of the board. If you don't get the leads trimmed very, very closely it's difficult to get it on due to leads sticking through. And, if it doesn't work right the first time, a bunch of the solder joints are completely hidden and impossible to check.

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Simple but you can learn a lot September 13, 2011
Reviewer: bill from mountain view, CA United States  
The kit's pretty easy to build, and the directions tell you what order to add each part in so earlier parts don't get in your way when you're soldering, so it's a good learning project.  

And it's shiny and blinky and the blinking's distance-sensitive!  I drilled an extra hole in mine so I could put it on a string as a necklace.   When the battery's mostly used up, the LED only lights up in red, not the other colors, which tells you things about the different voltage behaviour of LED colors.

But you can do more than that - it has a 6-pin ICSP interface that you can program with an AVR programmer or wire up to your Arduino, and includes the source code so you can reprogram the blinking patterns if you want, change the distance sensitivity or the speed or whatever.   There's a lot more depth to it than a simple 555-timer blinker.

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Very simple yet exciting December 2, 2010
Reviewer: Calvert from Scottsdale, AZ United States  
Forget trippy, imagine a group of 10 middle school students standing in a darkened room squeezing together to wave their hands over a table of little lights, laughing and exclaiming "Dude, dude, that one's mine, that one's mine" while the lights change colors.

My middle school students had never done any kind of electronics project before and they were able, with only basic instruction, to finish this project. It is very satisfying and a great teaching tool.

Their only complaint was that it didn't change colors every time they swiped their hand over, it only reset the sequence to red and continued from there. This may be because of a mistake they made though.

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My First Soldering Experience February 26, 2010
Reviewer: Jeff from Mountain View, CA United States  
I put this kit together at HackerDojo in under Mitch's guidance.  It was easy and fun to learn soldering with this simple kit.  The Trippy RGB Waves kit was a great first project and it has inspired me to build some more kits with my newly acquired soldering skills!

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