In Minecraft there are a variety of monsters, the most troublesome of these is the “Creeper.” Creepers are plant monsters who explodes when they get next to you usually leaving a crater in the aftermath. Woe to the player who is surprised by their distinctive SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSBOOOM!
In respect to Minecraft’s king of monsters I and some of my cohorts thought it would be entertaining to undertake a project to build a creeper prop with some animated features for Holloween this year. Our hope is to give an authentic creeper experience to some trick-or-treaters! Naturally, making robocreeper actually explode is not something we can really do in our urban environment, but we can load the thing with RGB LEDs, motors, motion sensors, and a loud speaker that will let you know when you have entered the blast zone!
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