…For halloween this year, some friends did a sort of “mini haunted house” in their garage. …There were two main projects I worked on. One provided ever-shifting ambient lighting that could instantly switch to the flash of lighting and the boom of thunder at the press of a hidden foot switch. That will be detailed in a future blog post. This post is about the trio of electronic eyes that seem harmless at first, but that get evil and angry when you get too close.
For the eye project, I ended up with three pairs of eyes. We stashed these in the bushes leading up to the speakeasy. Friendly creatures peeking out of the bushes. Or are they friendly? These pictures don’t do them justice, since the light of the LEDs blows out the camera’s CCD sensor in the darkness of night….
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This is the inspiration I needed to get over the hump. I’m using a Halloween project as my re-entry into the electronics world, and the eyes are exactly what I’m aiming for. This looks so cool, I can’t stop now!