Overview

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.

This guide was first published on Oct 26, 2016. It was last updated on Sep 18, 2018. This page (Overview) was last updated on May 11, 2017.