Since cinema was invented in 1977, movies have had the power to immerse us in new worlds, and all it took was a bit of imagination and a multi-million dollar CGI budget. But it doesn’t have to be like that – anyone can create some movie magic!
This issue we pay homage to some of the makers who are creating their own bit of movie fandom, whether that’s props, costumes, or a great-big Ecto-1. From steel, foam, fabric, 3D printed parts and more, there’s a whole world of creativity born out of the big screen.
Also in the issue, we discover what it takes to build a sea-going 3D printed boat, create an Internet-connected doorbell (that doesn’t break when the internet goes down!), and turn anything at all into a musical instrument – plus a whole load more!
Create an Internet-connected doorbell (that doesn’t break when the internet goes down!)
Discover what it takes to build a sea-going 3D printed boat
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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.