November 19th, 2008
One evening at the bar, Josh had an idea. He wanted a belt buckle, but not just any belt buckle. It should be in the shape of Tennessee. It should be electronic, with a `Party Mode’ begun by a button on the front face. Managing a party can be complicated, so it should have a good microcontroller, like the Texas Instruments MSP430F1612. It should have have two modes: Party Mode, and Off.
This was then ordered through BatchPCB, producing a real belt buckle! Several painstaking hours of hot-air soldering later, a belt buckle was had!
The prototype was then taken back to the bar, and promptly lost. Josh, then had another idea: If parties could be had with a truly awesome belt buckle, perhaps the true spirit of the buckle was not in the electronics but rather in the idea. So an unpopulated PCB was taken to party!
There has since been much rejoicing, and a new, improved belt buckle will soon be available. So whenever you feel sad or uninspired, think of the belt buckle and giggle. Belt buckle!