Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Brain Machine

Kayla's friend recently ordered this item called The Brain Machine after seeing it on the Internet. They advertise, "Relax and rejuvenate as your brain synchronizes to a wonderful meditative state, and enjoy as you hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns from your subconscious mind!" She was expecting to receive this:

But what she received was a cardboard box containing the following: Microcontroller, 8-pin socket, Stereo headphone jack, 5mm Diffused Red LED, 1/4W 5% 47 ohm resistor, 1/4W 5% 2.2K resistor, 1.0 uF electrolytic capacitor, 6mm tactile switch, 6-pin ICSP header, 2 x AAA battery holder, Circuit board, Over-ear Headphones, Safety Glasses, Rainbow Ribbon Wire, 4" Zip/wire ties, Heat shrink tubing 1/16" diameter, Paper Overlay and AAA batteries.

Apparently, The Brain Machine does not come assembled. Kayla's friend was exasperated and asked Kayla to get rid of it. Kayla knew Ben would be up for the challenge of assembling The Brain Machine, so she gave it to him at his birthday party! He put it together and tested it out. It actually worked!!

Kayla came over and tried it, too!

Several people have tried out Ben's Brain Machine since he put it together on Sunday. Here is a video I put together showcasing their experience.

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