New Parallax Badge Gets a Zombie Makeover #WearableWednesday


Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Open Hardware Summit in my hometown of Philly. The first thing I did was make a mad dash looking for an electronic badge. Luckily I found it at the Parallax table and Ken Gracey himself quickly programmed it for me. We shared our love of geek badges and then he explained why this particular badge is such a big deal. This one is supposed to be the universal badge hackable for any conference. Could this mark the end of my E-badge collecting?

As you can tell by the size, there is a lot happening here. There is a contact management system that allows you to send your key info by pressing the Open Source Hardware symbol (nice touch).  You know you’ve successfully exchanged info by the flash of RGB LEDs surrounding the main display. Those same LEDs are also used in one of my fave applications—the accelerometer. There’s also an A/V jack and plenty of room for prototyping. Programming can be done with various Propeller options or the C Simple IDE.  So, here’s where the fun comes in, according to Hackaday Mark Riley has already developed a zombie apocalypse game called IRZombies. It uses the same IR tech from the contact management system.

Upon receiving the badge, the user chooses to be either a zombie or survivor. Pressing the resistive buttons attacks, heals, or infects others over IR. The game is your standard zombie apocalypse affair: zombies infect survivors, survivors attack zombies and heal the infected, and the infected turn into zombies.


So, while this badge may mark the end of my collecting, it may start a mashup of fun things like open source, tech conferences and gaming. That’s right, I’ll be fighting for the survivors in this zombie game, so y’all best get your badge on. Seriously, this badge does offer interesting programming possibilities and I can’t wait to see what other hacks get posted. If you are a Parallax fan, you should know that we also carry a few of their products in our shop including this Propeller Activity Board. It’s got the microcontroller, built in breadboard, XBee socket, microSD cardholder, audio jack, 3-pin headers…yeah, you get the idea. You can plug almost anything into this burrito. So, have fun experimenting and get ready for the next Open Hardware Summit.


Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.