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Lightdrink

Author: Cza
Used time: 6hours
Cost: About 15e
Categories: Other Hobbies or sports | Home appliances

  Lightdrink


Ever dreamed of being something kool? Ever dreamed of having a beautiful wife and nice car? Well, we can't offer you the second- and third one, but we may help you being something so kool that you're freezing your friends ass off! Japala has introduced yet "Coaster Glow" for you, but now we are going much further. If you are having a good time with your friends, for example in demoparty, you surely want to drink with style, but there's no chance for a glass of drink and you've got only your bottle. No problem, this is a drink with light, the ultimate lightdrink!



Idea for this mod came while we were visiting AMD's stand with Japala in Assembly 2007. Stand's host gave us both sportdrinkbottles and told us to do something with them. Unfortynately I lost my bottle during the great party and now I'm modding one similar bottle.


I've got two pretty similar bottles. For this work I chose the blue one, but I'm pretty sure, that we'll see something with that transparent one too.

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The basic idea is to add a led in to the top of the bottle so when you drink, the outcoming flow of water, or whatever you are drinking, glows colored in green, because I've got dozens of extra superbright green leds. Tilt the bottle and the led will light up. The basic way to do this isn't anyhow new. Everyother of you have surely put a waterproof flashlight in to a can and looked how the water glows while flowing out of the can.


The bottle

The cap of the bottle looks something like this.

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 There is enough space for a led, but how we can get the current for that led? That is not our problem, yet. First I grinded the top of the cap so the "tunnel" opened and I got a nice space for the led.

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 Then I inserted the led and I did put a drop of superglue down there to make sure that the led would stay there.

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And a little more grinding because of I wanted the led's top to be on same level with the"tunnels" hole.

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I'm pretty sure that you'll agree with me that the bottle's blue surface with textes like "maxim" and "sport s nutrition" aren't kool enough. We've got a solution for this problem. Maston's 121 black spraypaint will help us.

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 First you may want to cover the bottles hole, because you'll not want to paint it inside, don't you?



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I spraypainted 5 layers of black. Then I did cut a nice Metku-stencil and spraypainted Metku-logo and my nick with neon-yellow fluorescent spraypaint so it'll glow in uv-light. Übercool! I finished the surface with 3 layers of glitterlacquer, just for kicks.



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 When you squeeze the bottle, what you'll surely do, the paintjob and the lacquer must be thick enough, so the surface wont shatter. To prevent shattering it's good to obey given times for overpainting. Normally you'll find the information printed on your spraycan.


I also found this thing. Normally used to keep your keys connected for example to your belt.



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It's too red for me, so Maston 121 will help us again. Remember, the color doesn't matter as long as it's black.

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 Since you're a real partyanimal, you'll sure want to keep your bottle with you. So I added a drop of superglue and attached it to the bottle.



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The core

As I said before, installing the led, painting the bottle; no problem. The biggest problem will be how I can give the current for the led. There's no space for batteries in the cap. Another big problem would be switching the led on and off. We don't want to make holes trough the bottles surface and normal switch wouldn't even look kool. At the other hand, if the led would be on all the time, we would quickly run out of energy from batteries and that's not kool too.


This little friend is our saviour. It's a tiny position sensor. There is a little ball inside that cylinder. When it's legs are down, the switch is on and current will flow. When you turn it upside down, it will cut the current. Because we want to let the led glow when you're drinking from the bottle, (we may suppose that you're standing while drinking) we need to install the component upside down. Then it will let the current flow while the bottle is turned bottom up.

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Ok, another problem was placing the batteries. I chose these 1.5v buttonbatteries.

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If you use two of these, like I did, you'll need about 22ohm resistor. I forgot it and It'll cost me a pair of batteries and the led, but I'll stand like a man and fix it later :). Of course you may add more of batteries and a bigger resistor to ensure longer time of use without batterychanges.


I solved the batteryplacement problem by using a nice piece of silicone hosepipe. It's pretty stretchy so I did push those two batteries with wires deep in. Batteries were followed by a bunch of wire and position sensor.

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Then I simply bent the hosepipe a half and I did put a cable tie to keep the water out .


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How did I connecti this piece of hosepipe to the cap? Wasn't a problem. I found this.

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It's made for connecting two hosepipes together. I did cut it a little shorter and attached it's other end to the bottom of the cap as you can see from previous picture. This is how we can connect the hosepipe leak proofly to the cap and disconnect it if we need to change batteries.



Summary:


This project was fun and kind of awesome. I got the idea of how this project would be realised while I was on flight from Frankfurt to Helsinki and I had to make it quickly after that. It's cool, it works... so? Go away and make yours! I wan't to see many of these in allthemods!



Ahh... you're still here? You want to see some pictures and even a video? Ok... Here you go :)


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And here's the video. Sorry about my disturbing breathsound...

And other video with some water. I'll try to record better one. This is recorded with my mobile...



Ps. The paintjob failed a bit, because the template didn't work as I assumed, but you'll do better than I did for sure!



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30.03.2008 01:59 OlliHochram: I can imagine the ads of that kind of product :D "Drink Safe TM"
28.03.2008 14:34 HochramLoL drink safe :D
28.03.2008 14:27 Jarziyea change leds to uv leds, they also kills bacteria :D
28.03.2008 14:00 alfonsthis is not for the daywalkers:))
28.03.2008 12:41 JipaJust change the led to an UV-one and full the bottle with some UV-reactive energy drink and it will look crazy :)
28.03.2008 08:03 JapalaVideo with some liquid flowing would be nice... :)
27.03.2008 23:08 JapalaIf some idea is worth stealing by a Taiwanese company, this is the one for sure.
27.03.2008 23:05 tOukoooLooks intresting.