Interactive Electronic Seance Table Run Using NeoPixels Controlled by a Trinket #neopixels #trinket
Here’s another of the great #electronichalloween projects shared back with us from the Halloween season from our community. Paul shared: “Built a “fortune-telling” Seance Table for Halloween using Adafruit NeoPixels controlled by a Trinket. Turned out really awesome!” Check out further details on the project page. Seance Table:
We wanted to take the table design one step further and make it interactive for our guests. The idea was to have a crystal ball in the middle and have people ask questions and have the “spirits” answer them. To make this happen, multi-color LED lights were placed within a ceiling light fixture and controlled with hidden buttons under the table. The light fixture was painted and jeweled and Adafruit NeoPixels were used for the LEDs. A Trinket microcontroller controlled the light colors and patterns from button inputs. The whole thing was easily wired up on a breadboard and powered with a Lithium Polymer battery. One button puts the crystal ball into “standby” – pulsing white, another sets the “calculating” state – rapid rainbow colors, and the other two control “yes” – green and “no” – red.
What really made this build special for us is that we all collaborated on it – from the pattern transfer to the inking to the finishing and fabric work and to the concept and execution of the “crystal ball.” We think it turned out great and wanted to thank How to Haunt Your House for the plans and designs….
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