PIC Projects
A few years ago I started programming PIC microcontrollers for a grad school project.  I was amazed that you can buy a
computer for three bucks.  I found several PIC hobby web sites and decided as soon as I had more time I'd try a few
things for fun.

Click on any of the pictures below to see a full-page description of the project.
Sites that I found useful:
http://www.metricmind.com/clock/clock.htm
http://www.vermontficks.org/pic.htm
http://www.brouhaha.com/~eric/pic/#projects
http://www.bobblick.com/techref/projects/projects.html
http://www.hazmat.com/~mjb/projects/
Home
Naked Clock, a wall clock with no non-electrical
components.  I like to think it's art or something.
Shrieker, a tone-generator to test the upper limit
of your hearing, from 10,000 Hz to 22,000 Hz.
Gear Clock rotates one revolution in twelve hours.  I
didn't design it, but changed out the driving
mechanism with a microcontoller-based circuit.
Soundtrack; what project isn't improved by the ability to
belt out the clown juggling song or the Benny Hill theme?  
http://www.adafruit.com/
http://www.ladyada.net/
Built to demonstrate Persistence of Vision, POV Clock
shows one digit at a time until they blur together (you
have to watch the video).
The Various Clocks
Playing with Sound
This one was a gift for my sister-in-law.  Julianne
Clock alternates the time with a special message.
For now I drive a green Toyota Camry, but with Dixie Horn,
I'll be one step closer to my Dukes of Hazzard heroes.
The Good Old "Miscellaneous" Category
Color Globe, a kind of mood light that uses a full-color
LED to make a globe that slowly shifts colors.
With the Infrared Theremin, play tunes by simply
wiggling your fingers over the lights.
The first program I did was in assembly code.  All projects since have
been in the C language.  The $150 compiler from CCS was well worth it.  

I use the PICSTART Plus as a programmer along with MPLAB IDE from
Microchip.  
http://www.microchip.com
Finally something useful!  This Digital Oscilloscope uses
microcontrollers to measure voltages and displays on a PC screen
I didn't like the functioning of my old radio alarm
clock
, so I retrofitted it with my own logic and a
second display.