This smart globe shows you the entire world – illustrated by your own images.
Your recent trip to the other side of the planet was amazing, and you just can’t wait to show everyone the hundreds— thousands? — of photos you took. There’s only one problem—nobody else really wants to see them.
Fortunately, there’s a DIY solution for everything.
This one requires a bit of coding and electronics, but the end product is a way more interesting way to showcase your travels. Maker Caroline Buttet built a smart globe that’s wired to display vacation photos when someone taps the country where they were taken.
The way it works is simple: a thumbtack is pushed into each country where photos were taken. A wire connects to the pointy end of the tack on the inside of the globe, and touching the tack creates a capacitive touch detected by an Arduino.
There are a number of ways to go from here, but Buttet translated those capacitive touches into keyboard signals, and built a website to display photo albums based on those signals. The globe also features a rotary encoder that lets viewers cycle through the photos in the album by rotating the globe on its axis.
This is a project that requires a lot of soldering and coding, but it’s an undeniably amazing way to show off your last trip to the Bahamas.
This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.