After Halloween is Over, Teardown Your Props & Animatronics to Learn How they Work! #ElectronicHalloween
Did you purchase a readymade prop or animatronic to spice up your scary yard or interact with trick-or-treaters as they approach your spooky stoop? If you’re curious how it operates, or even what microprocessor is used for the brain (mmmmm brains!!), tear it down! Take it apart. Open it up. Here’s a quick video from the folks at Arrow.com showing the simplicity of what is inside this otherwise complex-looking spider animatronic. Just some LEDs, DC motor, sensor and basic sound board and speaker. And once you see how your animatronic was assembled, it might inspire you to hack it, improve upon it, or make your own next #ElectronicHalloween!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Every day this month we’ll be bringing you ideas and projects for an Electronic Halloween! Expect wearables, hacks & mods, costumes and more here on the Adafruit blog! Working on a project for Halloween this year? Share it with us on Google+, in the comments below, the Adafruit forums, Facebook, or Twitter— we’d love to see what you’re up to and share it with the world (tag your posts #ElectronicHalloween). You can also send us a blog tip! Tune in to our live shows, 3D hangouts with Noe and Pedro and Ask an Engineer, featuring store discount codes, ideas for projects, costumes, decorations, and more!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.