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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.


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