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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.
The Close Encounters hat is a nod to the incredible movie -- with lights and sounds that mimic the mother ship, all stowed under the brim. A vibration sensor triggers the action, while the NeoPixels and Piezo buzzer provide the show. Get ready to change up that next kiss or rock a quiet movie theater.