New Project! 3D Printed Purple People Eater

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This cute and creepy halloween project is a collaboration with Phil B. It uses the Teensy micro-controller, and a TFT display inside of 3D printed parts to make an animated eye doorbell.

Inspired by Sheb Wooley’s 1958 hit novelty song, we present our one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater… Like the bowler hat project, this one uses a single eye, making it more affordable and easier to build than its two-eyed brethren. It can also be installed as a functional doorbell, perfect for Halloween!

Cool project, even if you’re not able to build it in time for Halloween, the guts can be used to make a stellar Cosplay elements!

I followed Phillip Burgess’ electronic animated eye tutorial, used his code and came up with a remix that allowed me to learn some new modeling skills.

This was a challenging project and I honestly didn’t know what it was going to be when I started on it – I just knew I wanted to make it into a functional doorbell. I actually got discouraged because I saw this other doorbell, which cost like 20 bucks at Wal-Mart. So, instead of just putting it into a simple box and calling it a day, I challenged myself to add some sort of character and personality to it.

I showed PhilB the prototype, and he inspired me to make it into what it is now – Shout out to Paint Your Dragon!

So, what I hope to do now is inspire you (the inspiring maker that you are) to consider using Phil B’s tutorial to make something custom and unique to you.

If you have a little experience, and the interest, please take a look at PhilB’s tutorial and think creatively about what you might want to make this into.

That’s whats so great about Adafruit projects – You don’t have to just remake them as they are. You are free to take what’s there, and make it yours. Thats the real awesome sauce of open source and the Adafruit philosophy – Here’s the parts, the code and the recipe to base a project off of. Now go make it your own!

The real value in making these projects is challenging yourself to be creative and learn something new by building and making – even if its remaking the same project.

It’s not about showing off what you’ve made – it’s immensely rewarding and valuable to drive yourself to make something yourself.

I really hope this project can inspire you, even if just to look af the tutorial, because it’s never been easier to get access to making. The real challenge is in actually doing it, because if I can do, you totally can too. I, and everyone here at Adafruit, believe in you!

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