Here is a timely project for an electronic halloween pumpkin. With a bit of hacking a $1 plastic pumpkin is upgraded: a sensor embedded in the nose detects when people get close and will randomly play scary sounds and animate the LEDs on its face. The sounds are stored on an SD card so its easy to change and customize what the pumpkin says/screams, while the code is written for an Arduino so its easy to modify the behavior. I’m going to have this pumpkin outside my door to freak out the little kids who go to daycare nearby. Boo!
This is a modified version of the project that is a little ‘accelerated’ for easy videoing: normally it only makes sound every couple of minutes
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Cool! I might try this out, my arduino (little cousin snapped my old one, Stupid relatives.) is supposed to be arriving soon, and if I have enough time, I’ll probably order a wave shield. I doubt I’ll get it done before halloween though.
Excellent..! I’ve been looking for a cool Halloween project. I was thinking I’d do this, but now this project looks even cooler… Don’t have a distance sensor though, and not sure I have the time to ebay one, so we’ll have to see about that…