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Video: Mega + Uno drives this 8X8X8 cube invader

Anred Zynch recently debuted a massively slick 8x8x8 LED cube — configured as a Space Invaders style game with a Playstation 1 controller.

According to Hackaday’s James Hobson, the cube is powered by an Arduino Mega (ATmega2560) which is tasked with driving the 512-LED array. 

Meanwhile, an Arduino Uno (ATmega328) is responsible for generating sound effects during gameplay.

Aside from the two Atmel based Arduino boards, key cube components include:

  • 512x LEDs
  • 10x Silver plated wire 0.8mm for sinkers and LED grid
  • 2x Breadboard 160×100 H25PR160 (sinkers)
  • 1x 100 Ohm resistor
  • 1x Speaker 8 Ohm
  • 2x resistor between 1,5 K and 47 K
  • 1x switch 2 or 3-positions
  • 1x or 2x 10K ohm resistor

Zynch’s cube — recently surfaced on Instructables — was reportedly inspired by a number of cube projects, including Chr’s and yes, the Borg cube by Das-Labour.

Interested in learning more? You can find additional information, along with a full parts breakdown on the project’s official page here.