E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Puppet with Interactive Electronic Modifications – What You Built!
John Guarnero has been foraging through the Adafruit online catalog producing a number of great movie props with some stellar electronic modifications and interactive elements, including this ET puppet with light-up heart:
This ET is a NECA puppet that was modified with the following enhancements.
Robe – purchased from Target
Fading Heart – 16×24 red LED Matrix panel purchased from adafruit.com
Audio – Adafruit wave Shield for Arduino
Controller – Arduino Uno R3 purchased from adafruit.com
Speakers – Sound bar purchased from staples
Lunch Box – Purchased on EBAY. The lunch box holds all of the electronics and the sound bar. A small LED was added to the lunch box where the ET finger is. A 10mm LED was also added to ET’s finger in the NECA puppet. A motion sensor was added to the lunch box in the top left corner and each motion trigger will play 1 of 7 different phrases. The heart, finger lights, and audio are all programmed via the Arduino.
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