Want to upgrade your prop sword/battle axe/light saber/magic wand with motion reactive light animation and sound effects? You can do just that with this simple project! All you'll need is a Circuit Playground or Circuit Playground Express, a battery pack, and zip ties to attach it all to any prop or toy. 

Or, you can go a bit further and fabricate your own wand with embedded Circuit Playground from scratch using a 3D printer. This more advanced build will require a LiPoly battery and JST switch cable, plus a LiPoly charger, and the use of a 3D printer.

To program the lights and sounds, there are a couple of options. You'll learn to program the Circuit Playground Express using Microsoft Make:Code's drag-and-drop web interface. Then, you'll program either the Circuit Playground Express or Circuit Playground with the Arduino IDE.

Last updated on May 11, 2017 Published on Oct 26, 2016