NEW GUIDE: John Park’s HalloWing Lightsabers @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit
Making your own lightsabers may sound like a highly involved project that takes years of study under a wizened master, and exotic tools and materials — but it doesn’t have to be difficult at all!
In this guide we’ll show you how to make your own interactive no-soldering-required lightsabers using common materials from the hardware or craft store and a few simple techniques.
With the HalloWing, we can use the onboard accelerometer to detect saber swinging and hitting motions, control the NeoPixel strip for blade animations, and play sounds through the built in amplifier to a small, yet powerful speaker!
Plus, you’ll learn some very handy tricks for adding structure and diffusion to NeoPixel strips using corrugated plastic, parchment paper, and polycarbonate bulb guard tubes.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.