Build your own Overwatch Lucio Blaster! Use Arduino, NeoPixels, MP3 Music Maker, Audio FX board, and a 20 watt amplifier to drive the impressive blasting sound effects, lights, and music from this Overwatch prop gun! In part three, turn prototype circuit into a permanent one, 3D print and assemble the final gun.
Arduino is a great starting point for electronics, and with a motor shield it can also be a nice tidy platform for robotics and mechatronics. Here is a design for a full-featured motor shield that will be able to power many simple to medium-complexity projects. Build the kit, and learn how to use it with these detailed instructions.
Perfect for magic tricks, escape rooms, and slightly unorthodox birthday parties -- this seemingly innocuous, sealed deck of cards contains a secret. When the puzzle is solved, the deck is thrown in the air, tossed to a friend, or dropped a short distance. Freefall is detected by the Circuit Playground embedded within, and it beeps a secret Morse code message.
In this Pro Trinket powered project, build and 3D print yourself a friend, an Adafriend! This little colorful guy with an eye responds to taps and vibrations, and shows emotion on its little LED matrix face with a sad, neutral, happy, or angry face. It plays tones that correspond to it's emotional state, and even sings some recognizable tunes and themes when it's in the mood! If left alone for too long it gets lonely, but pester your pet too much and it may get angry at you! Build yourself an Adafriend and keep it happy to sing along with the coolest cube around!
One of my first projects with Adafruit was Adalight, an ambient lighting effect for media PCs, similar to the Ambilight feature of mid-2000s Philips TVs. Basically, matching what's on the screen to a set of background lights to make the display pop! This pint-sized version of our earlier Adalight project brings easy ambient media lighting to laptops and small all-in-one PCs.