Since we were talking about RFID technology. I have found this amazing research project by a London based team called Touch. They created images that show the RFID signals visually by building a led probe that lights up when it reads an RFID tag. They have other RFID projects as well that I think will be interesting for us to look at.
This assignment is mainly geared towards teaching you soldering skills and to understanding binary code, how 1’s and 0’s can be translated into bytes. You are required to have a working LOL shield prototype that is enclosed and that has a thoughtful concept that goes beyond making a functional project. You can use the excel sheet provided to you by the LOL shield maker Jimmie Rodgers, in order to make any animation you would like frame by frame. All of the resources such as the library and other files can be found here: http://jimmieprodgers.com/kits/lolshield/
The LOL Shield theater is a great project done by falldeaf where you can create animations on your site and use your computer serial through a python script to gain access to your animations online. Here is a great article that explains the process and links to all of the files here: http://falldeaf.com/2011/02/the-lol-shield-theatre/
Those of you interested in learning more about charileplexing should read the Chapter 7.9 Controlling a Matrix of LEDs: Charlieplexing starting on pg. 265 in the Arduino Cookbook by O’reily that I shared with you earlier in the semester.