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Rob Sparkleball Jones

Last month at New York Maker’s Faire, Rob Stephens displayed his popular programmable RGB/LED sparkleballs,  pixelballs.  But the surprise hit was his sparkleball hat.  So many people asked to try it on, that Rob had to take photos. Mark Mathias was there and with Rob’s help, carried the idea to his church’s youth group, who made pixel and battery-pack sparkleball hats for Halloween.  

Check out Rob’s website and his photo collection of “Sparkle Heads.”  Rob’s also working on easy instructions for programmable LED sparkleballs.




Sparkleballs At the Office

Sharon's Office
Sharon’s Office Sparkleball

Patios, camper vans, living rooms. . . now The Office.  In India, Shreeyaholic and her work team won the waste management competition by making a sparkleball.   Yay Sparkleball Team!   In Sharon’s office 7000 miles away in northern California, her sparkleball stays lit when the energy-1024efficient ceiling light shuts off.  A cheery sight to return to, instead of a dark office.  And at Sparkleball Jones‘s workplace, several friends have his customized electronic sparkleballs which are all set to light up on Dr Pepper time!  They come on automatically at 10, 2, and 4 for some desktop dazzle.  That would make any work day move faster :)

Shreeyaholic and her Team
Shreeyaholic and Work Team with Sparkleball

helpful how-to posts:

helpful DIY how-to posts:
–  find the right cups
 tips for inserting lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  how to hang it – 3
–  using different lights – 1
–  using different lights – 2
–  drilling a perfect hole
–  how to get it really round
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs

For All My Dads

<i>sparkleballs by Carl</i>
sparkleballs by Carl

Sometimes we don’t get the dad we want.   We don’t get the man who teaches us how to drive a stick-shift or fix a leaky faucet.   How to negotiate a business deal or measure with calipers.  All those practical, cool things that make life more fun.   So throughout my life,  I’ve gathered helpful male friends who probably would hate being referred to as my “dads,”  but in so many ways, they are.

Here’s a big hug for my stepfather Bill.  Hugs and kisses to my surf grandfathers :) Bill Andrews and Inside Wave Dave.  The biggest hug to my husband Steve who lets me use his tool chest.

And a ton of gratitude to my sparkleball “dads.”  All the men who’ve shared ideas and photos with me, especially the Men of Yale Ave, Carl (The Master) Boro and Rob (Sparkleball Jones) Stephens.  You’ve all nudged me out of my comfort zone and into the garage of my dreams.


The Day Carl Changed My Life:

A Gift from Rob:

Electronic Motion Sparkleballs

Rob Stephens  (aka  Sparkleball Jones) supercharges his  sparkleballs with electronic whizbangery.  Each RGB LED light is programed individually, using a micro-controller for coded sequencing.  The result turns a basic sparkleball into a minilight aurora borealis.   At Maker Faire (Bay Area) this past weekend, Rob had thousands of visitors to his booth who were wowed by the light show.   Below, check out  Sparkleball Jones videos and videos of other electronic sparkleballs from the past.

Other fun Electronic Sparkleball Videos:
Allen Kitchen  (Houston TX)
Preston Holmes  (Santa Barbara CA)
Garrett Mace  (San Francisco CA)
Randy and Brandon Schimka (San Diego CA)