New Years Ball is Ready

I flew back home today and immediately started rigging the ball (click here for the article about the ball) drop system for tonight. Here's the pole right after I set it up:

New Year's Ball Pole

And here's the ball run up to the top and ready to rock:

New Years Ball

The pole is made of two 10-foot pieces of 3/4" EMT and is guyed with nylon twine. A couple of pulleys let me raise and lower the ball on more twine. It will run through a sequence right after powerup, then go to a slow fade. The ball is made of drinking straws and ShiftBrites, and powered by an Arduino.

Submitted by Garrett on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 19:19.