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Take a Break, Let it Out

We’d probably all agree that physical release can be the most satisfying and relieving outlet when stress levels are high or a burst of adrenaline runs through our veins.

The One Minute Punch Break creates a healthy space for frustrations and pent up emotions, designed to turn tension into release and then a smile. Intended to be mounted on the walls of offices and co-working spaces, the massive button starts a 60-sec LED timer while each punch you make is reflected on the counter.

Is working from home driving you insane? Does your office need an anger zone? Or do you find yourself needing an outlet before a big presentation? This tutorial will take you through step-by step-instructions on how to make your very own One Minute Punch Break.

The Circuit:

- 60 LED Neopixels
- Massive Arcade Button (100mm)
- Adafruit 0.56” 4-Digit 7-Segment Display w/I2C Backpack
- Adafruit GEMMA M0
- Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 - Loose Headers
- BreadBoard
- Standalone 5-Pad Capacitive Touch Sensor Breakout - AT42QT1070
- Any conductive material (I used conductive copper foil sheets)
- Soldering Equipment & Materials
- Different colored jumper male-to-male wires (to connect to BreadBoard)
- Wires & wire strippers
- Micro USB Cable & 5V DC power adapter
- Electrical Tape

The Build:

- Matte Vinyl Fabric in the color of your choice - I used red (the ones you’d use to upholster chairs)
- Hot Wire Foam Factory Armor Foam 2”x14”x22”
- Matte Vinyl Stickers (cut to your design)
- Plywood backing
- BalsaFoam
- Box Cutters & Exacto Knife
- Sanding Materials
- Masking Tape
- (Optional: 3D Printed housing to surround the counter)
- (Optional: Paint + Primer Glossy black spray paint)”

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