NEW GUIDE: Hacking Holiday Animatronics @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit
New Guide Alert — John Park’s Hacking Holiday Animatronics guide shows you how to add your own custom sounds, lighting effects, and animation to store-bought animatronics.
The Crickit FeatherWing is an excellent choice for controlling the motors, sounds, LEDs, and input necessary for many animatronics.
I’ll use the Animated Eyeball Doorbell for specific instructions here, but you should be able to apply them to many different cases. Watch out Santa!
The guide covers the basics of animatronic gizmo analysis/anatomy so you can plan your hacking approach.
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