Thanks to Mark for sending in this fun Halloween project – check out the full build here!
Muhahahaha! Aaaaargh! Trick or Treat. Be so sweet. Give me something good to eat.
I wanted to build something cool and scary for Halloween. Here in Germany Helloween is just about to become a trend. Meet the ScareOS, a thingy to spice up Halloween.
- Moving eyes (object tracking perhaps in version 2 – have to figure out how to integrate motion tracking)
- Discovers if someone is around by using a ranging sensor
- Plays Halloween sounds when it’s awake
- Sleep state if no one is around for a while
- Whines when someone comes too close
ScareOS is an Arduino-based thingy with eyes, sound and a range sensor. ScareOS tends to be sleepy. It there’s no one around, it sleeps and snores. As soon as someone comes into range, it awakens. Then the thingy looks at its visitor, triggers a series of Halloween sounds and, moves its eyes. But beware! It starts to cry like a baby when you approach too close.
The components are not yet built into a Pumpkin, but they are ready to go. I’ll provide pictures on Oct 31, once I got the pumpkin set up.
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