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.
Pocket-sized fun is the name of this game, with the Joy Bonnet - our most fun Bonnet ever (no we didn't even think that was possible, either!) This Bonnet fits perfectly on top of your Raspberry Pi Zero (any kind) and gives you adorable hand-held arcade controls. Once you install our script onto your Pi, the controls will act like a keyboard, for easy use with any emulator or media player.
Playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi - and the pocket computer is pretty good at it too! All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year. This Adafruit Arcade Bonnet is designed to make small emulator projects a little easier to build. Here's what you can look forward to!
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.)
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.
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.
Sandblaster is a variation on Blue Buggy remixing the original Cox International gas-powered sand buggy - scaled-down, converted to electric, and 3D printable! You can use it to explore obstacle avoidance, autonomous navigation, driverless vehicle design, or assisted Remote Control. Or… build in the morning and race in the afternoon!