A Particle Photon microcontroller and an Adafruit Neopixel ring combine to make a pin that's fit for NASA fans. It displays an orbiting white blip when idle and then turns blue, white and red when the ISS flies by. The code makes use of IFTTT (If This Then That), a free site that makes connecting IoT devices as easy as a few clicks. This project was inspired by my first NASA Space Apps Challenge with friend Brooks Rampersad--an ISS Orbit Skirt.
This project turns a toy hammer into a magic wand that produces different sound and light effects depending on the spell cast based on simple gesture recognition. The amount of components in this project combined with the small room requires a bit of cramfu to get all the parts to fit. The compact nature of this project and the number of components means it's a best for a somewhat experienced maker.
Here's a Soviet themed launch-code box, complete with missile switch covered toggles, a Feather with red 14-segment display for the countdown timer, and stress-inducing piezo buzzer. Use it for an escape room, prop, or wedding proposal. Your players, or potential spouse-to-be, will need to enter the correct five-switch sequence to defuse the device before all is lost. (Note: this project is a harmless prop, not an actual bomb.)
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.
Here's a guide to quickly and easily adding exciting, colorful lighting effects to your props. Using the accelerometer, speaker, and NeoPixel LEDs built into the Circuit Playground, you can have sounds and lights for idle animations, along with two different effects triggered by waving and striking your foam sword, cosplay blaster, magic wand, and more.
Build a creepy, glowing test tube display... if you dare. A Feather microcontroller makes the UV LEDs shine to create dazzling effects in the fluorescent pigment-and-water filled test tubes. Easy-to-assemble black iron pipe forms the base of this labware set. The perfect prop for your own haunted house or creepy laboratory.