Cute Kid Explains Why This Is the Best Ghostbuster Outfit #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #DIY
Halloween often brings maker families together because there’s nothing like electronics to complete a costume. In this case, Anthony Hunt helped to bring his son’s Ghostbusters dream to life with an awesome proton pack. You can clearly see the cool lights that decorate the gun and pack, but what really makes this costume amazing is what Anthony’s son can’t wait to show off in the video—the sounds! Anthony is quick to share the secret plan for the build, which is actually a tutorial from John Fin that he found online. John’s version is better than a typical prop and even has a PKE meter that is housed in a hairbrush, which I love. Anthony did a nice job replicating the mix of cardboard, aluminum, electronics and E6000. It’s great how the LEDs make the gun really appear as if it is powering up, too. The project relies on an Arduino Uno, however, Anthony explains how he ran into an issue.
I went with a Flora for the cyclotron because, for the life of me, I couldn’t get the circuit to perform like I wanted it to.
That isn’t the only Adafruit tech going on; did anyone notice the goggles? That little update to the costume uses our Gemma microcontroller. So, if you aren’t quite ready to work on the big guns, you can always start with the eye-wear. Here’s our Kaleidoscope Eyes learning guide to get you going, which uses a Trinket or Gemma microcontroller along with our Neopixel rings to give you swirling LED eyes. They are fun to make and you’ll find yourself planning all sorts of opportunities to wear them, too.
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