Take any short clip of music and have it automatically start playing as soon as you pick up your cane and start walking. A few lines of code add illumination to a custom faceplate of your design, making the walking stick a gleaming beacon as well as a magically musical object.

In this project, a friend with a cane wanted to turn it into a Darth Vader cosplay, complete with Empire signet and the imperial march!

We'll use CircuitPython's easy capacitive touch and audio playback to make it happen


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You'll need two decently strong magnets. These are very strongly attracted.

Angled shot of a High-strength 'rare earth' magnet.
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In addition to the above electronics, for this project you will need:

  • A cane or walking stick 
  • Double sided foam tape
  • Scissors
  • Zip ties or rubber bands
  • Access to a laser cutter (optional)

This guide was first published on Nov 13, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 14, 2024.

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