Pete Dearing wanted to do build something for his kids, and it had to have buttons. A lot of buttons! He purchased plans for a space-themed bunk bed and then proceeded to create a console with dozens of buttons, switches, toggles and other controls.
The build, which took approximately 100 hours, mostly comprised sheets of MDF and runs on 12V power. The power is cut when the children are in bed, or when they aren’t actively playing, and most of the controls actually do something like controlling lights, sounds and meters. All the sound effects are controlled by a Raspberry Pi which is buried in the console.
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.