New Guide: Hallowing Flapping Bat with Spooky Eye #electronichalloween

We’ve got another great guide from Erin St. Blaine just in time for Halloween: Make a cardboard bat that flaps its wings and watches you with one spooky eye. This is a great beginner tutorial and is really fun to make with kids. If you can’t go trick-or-treating safely this year, why not stay in and get crafty with electronics?

The build is beginner-level, with no soldering required. Young makers will love decorating their bat wings and triggering the animatronic movement with capacitive touch. From the guide:

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly, Like a teatray in the sky.

The Mad Hatter
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Make a spooky bat out of chipboard and decorate it with your best Halloween colors, sparkles, and ribbons. A little hot glue and crafting, and you’re ready to hang it above your door, where unwary passers-by will brush past and trigger your bats wings to flap up and down, scaring them out of their pants!

You don’t need a fancy motion sensor to trigger this halloween effect. The bat wings are triggered by a strand of conductive thread tied to the Hallowing’s onboard capacitive touch sensor. Anyone who comes in contact with the secret dangling thread will cause the bat to leap into motion.

The Hallowing board is the spookiest, creepiest, scariest microcontroller around. Its skull face and winking OLED eye are sure to frighten even the bravest of makers when you program it to go Bump in the Night.

Check out the full build tutorial here:

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