Twinkling LED Heart of Love

“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes,

Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears.

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall and a preserving sweet.” (William Shakespeare)

When in love it can be important to find the right gifts for the right occasions. You know, the kind of thing that would bring a big smile to her face (followed by a wet kiss). It can be difficult to even remember to buy a present, let alone come up with something that will be appreciated. But fear not! I have found the solution to the problem and next Valentine’s Day you will be ready to really impress your sweetheart.

The Twinkling LED Heart of Love is a wonderful DIY project that will melt her heart and turn the next 14th of February into an unforgettable event. The Heart of Love is based on an Atmel AVR ATmega168 microcontroller coupled with 20 red LEDs that… blink randomly! The heart itself can be made of cardboard and, although red is the usual color for love-related objects, you can show your creativity and paint it something meaningful to you and your damsel. Like orange, if you’re both Netherlands soccer fans. Or black, if you’re black metal fans (pentagram is optional). Originality is usually appreciated, so go for it!

Tips and tricks: your Heart of Love is awesome and will surely knock her socks off, but don’t start explaining how it’s made, how the microcontroller works and so on, because she might start yawning and eventually fall asleep.

As for me… I think I’ll settle for a big bouquet of red roses, thank you very much.

Twinkling LED Heart of Love: [Link]