Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by andrew » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:11 am

It looks great. I did wonder why you wanted to make it dimmer but now I see. I've given your YouTube videos a thumbs up and added the link to your project to the first post of this thread.
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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by bluethunder22 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:57 pm

Wow - thanks! Hopefully it'll encourage a few folk to pick a cube and try it. Thanks again!

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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by GS42 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:51 pm

I enjoyed making this kit, works fine when plugged into my Mac but I can't see it from Adruino to programme it - when I try to select the USB port it just shows Bluetooth, is this something to do with the kit or Adruino and Mac compatibility?

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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by andrew » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:29 am

Glad you enjoyed building it. If you're using the USB to serial cable that came with the kit it's likely that you will need to install a driver for it. You can find OSX drivers on the Prolific website here:

http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProdu ... 29&pcid=41
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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by kevr102 » Sun May 24, 2020 6:05 pm

Hi,
Iv'e just purchased one of these cubes, with the cube being Arduino based, would it be possible to have the time running through the cube through either a RTC or even NTP time through a Wemos D1.

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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by andrew » Mon May 25, 2020 12:46 pm

Yes if you have some experience with programming Arduinos then this would be fairly easy to do. You need to download and install the Arduino library (HC8x8x8Cube) for the cube which you can find here:

viewtopic.php?f=58&t=1968

The library includes a font and you can display text using the printString() function or scroll text using the Scroll_Text() function. You may want to have a play with these functions first to see how they work.

You can then add a RTC module to get the time. The DS1302 (HCMODU0035) may be your best option as the library doesn't require connection to any specific pins. So you can just connect it to a couple of the spare pins that are taken out to the cubes aux header (P2).


If you want to get the time from an NTP server then yes an ESP module would be your easiest option. Then you could just pass the time to the cube via it's serial port.
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Re: Hobby Components 8x8x8 Cube Kit (HCKITS0050)

Post by kevr102 » Tue May 26, 2020 2:43 pm

Many thanks Andrew, Im maybe trying to run before i can walk re RTC with the cube, i haven't got it up and running yet, still on with the LED's, Iv'e already completed 3 Banggood 8 x 8 x 8 cubes and all work fine so shouldn't be a problem.
i'm only new to Arduino, but i have completed quite a few different types of Arduino based clocks i:e word clocks etc, the code was already there with the project, I will have a go at modifying the code myself, whats the worst that can happen?
I have just bought 3 RTC's from Hobby Components and have Wemos boards etc.
I have a code for the Internet clock 8 x 8 x 8 as well but it wont compile to a Wemos board for some reason.
Thanks for the info.

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