Making Christmas decorations dance with Python #FT232H #Python #Hallmark @ahl
Adam Leventhal posts on Medium about a project to reverse engineer the signals between Hallmark “Happy Tappers” toys. When they are connected together, they will dance in unison. He writes:
This was kind of a silly project. If I had known it would end with a bunch of wholesome Christmas decorations dancing along to Lizzo I probably would have done it a long time ago. Here’s the story of how I took some beloved kitsch, a logic analyzer, sed, awk, Google Sheets, Python, an FT232H, some wires, data from a VR game, and a few evenings to make it happen.
Using a logic analyzer, the signals sent from the tappers were decoded. Now how to emit one’s own signals? Andy decided on the inexpensive Adafruit FT232H Breakout and some Python programming.
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