DIY Death Star That Plays Imperial March Tune With Arduino #ArtTuesday
Make a Death Star that lights up and plays music when it rolls with Arduino. by simsalapim via instructables
The Death Star featured in Star Wars is one of the coolest super weapons to ever spawn from human fantasy.
If you don’t agree, just look at this GIF until you’re fully converted to a Death Star fan. Take your time. Let it loop until you love:
The only problem is that building an actual Death Star would cost an estimate of $852,000,000,000,000,000, which is a bit outside the scope of this tutorial. So we’ll settle for a plush version that compensates for its smaller radius by playing the Imperial March theme song and lighting up a green LED when you roll it.
How cool? Very cool.
We will be using an Arduino compatible microcontroller called the LightBlue Bean. It is programmed completely wirelessly, which is really great for projects where you need to put your Arduino in places that are hard to access. Like when it’s sewn in to a Death Star!
Most of the components needed for this project are in the Maker Kit that you get when you buy four LightBlue Beans.
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