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Adafruit Learn System: Placing Mysterious Spooky (LED) Eyes in the Darkness, Creating Things to Go Bump in the Night #ElectronicHalloween

Here’s a pair of Adafruit Learn System Guides from engineer, writer, and all-around Adafruit Forums technical support superstar Bill Earl to help you get your month-long Halloween Hackathon going off on the right tread!


Creating magic in the darkness with assignable LED pixels — a piece of classic #ElectronicHalloween wizardry!

Adafruit Learn Guide: Random Spooky LED Eyes. What’s that hiding in the bushes? This is an easy project that requires no soldering and only takes a few minutes to put together. WIth a strand of digital led pixels and an Arduino, you can create 12 pairs of creepy eyes, randomly blinking from behind a dark window or in the bushes. (read more)

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So you wanna create something to go bump in the night? It comes down to picking the right actuator…

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Adafruit Learn Guide: Adafruit Motor Selection Guide Choose the right motor (and controller) for the job! There are many types of motors. Big ones, small ones, fast ones, strong ones. Whether you need brute strength, blinding speed or delicate precision movement, there is a motor designed for the task. The following pages will help you find the right motor for your project. (read more)

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Now that you have some motorized project ideas, grab a monster motor party add-on pack for Arduino and get testing!

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Motor party add-on pack for Arduino: Make your own Arduino motor party with a motor shield and a fine assortment of motors! New! we’ve upgraded the shield to our new version 2, with more powerful drivers, and uses fewer pins to boot! Included in this add-on pack is:

An Arduino is not included, and you’ll need one to use the shield. The shield does take a little assembly but its fairly easy. Makes a fantastic addition to a Arduino Starter Pack. (read more)

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