The TI LaunchPad™ development kit team decided to have some fun with our coworkers and use this spooky LaunchPad kit-based Halloween project to prank them. By using BoosterPack™ plug-in modules from TI and the MSP432™ microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad development kit, we are able to create a system to drop a toy spider from the ceiling to scare unsuspecting coworkers – all controlled from a smartphone!
At the heart of this project is the MSP432 MCU LaunchPad kit. This MCU development kit is the brains of the project and its maker-friendly hardware and software made it quick and easy to get our project up and running. All of the code used in this project was developed with the easy to use Energia IDE and the stackable LaunchPad kit headers made our hardware setup as easy as stacking four boards together.
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