If you’ve attended the Oregon Country Fair, a renaissance festival, then you might have seen Michael Shaffer’s tree costume. It looks like an Ent from Lord of the Rings, though Shaffer doesn’t specifically name the costume as such. The tree has detailed bark made from latex and moves more fluidly than you’d think such a tall, cumbersome build would – the stilts must be really well designed. The above video shows the costume in action. Shaffer’s company, Apropos Production, made the first version of the tree costume in 2007. When it was lost, they unveiled an improved tree ensemble in 2013. The costume is more about celebrating our relationship with nature than embodying a character.
See another video of the tree costume in action at Nerdbot.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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 code.org, 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.