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)
So you wanna create something to go bump in the night? It comes down to picking the right actuator…
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)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Each weekday this month we’ll be bringing you ideas and projects for an Electronic Halloween! Expect wearables, hacks & mods, costumes and more here on the Adafruit blog! Working on a project for Halloween this year? Share it with us on Google+, in the comments below, the Adafruit forums, Facebook, or Twitter— we’d love to see what you’re up to and share it with the world (tag your posts #ElectronicHalloween). Tune in to our live shows, Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern, 3D hangouts with Matt, Pedro, and Noe, and Ask an Engineer, featuring store discount codes, ideas for projects, costumes, and decorations, and more!
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