Tasked with making us look fancy at our first trip to SiliCon with Adam Savage, our Maker in Residence, Toby, whipped up multi-coloured lightsabers, mini robots, and a Pico-powered Arc Reactor. We were inundated with requests to share the build details, so Toby dutifully produced a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make your very own Arc Reactor. Just in time for Halloween.
Toby’s full tutorial is, by design, exponentially more grown-up than my blogs in tone, so a lot of his SNL‑worthy jokes were self-censored. I saved my favourite one, though, and present it to you here, for adulation:
“Raspberry Pi Pico is an affordable, robust, and compact microcontroller built using RP2040, Raspberry Pi’s own silicon, making it the perfect choice for this project. Wait a minute: Affordable? Robust? Compact? — ARC! Perhaps Raspberry Pi is the real-life Stark Industries!”
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