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Halloween is quickly approaching. And, what better way to learn robotics than to make an animated skull using Arduino. In this tutorial, I will walk you through how to make a moving and glowing skull to put on your doorstep and scare trick-or-treaters! Here's what it'll look like when it's finished! Ready to build yours?
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Scare Trick-or-Treaters as They Walk By
The purpose of this device is to move and glow as a person walks by. To do this, we will retrofit a plastic skull with LEDs, a servo motor, and an ultrasonic sensor to develop our scary prototype. There are three main parts to this project:
Adding glowing eyes with LEDs
Rotating skull with a servo motor; and
Motion detection with an ultrasonic sensor
I recommend following these parts in order. If you're more advanced, feel free to add in features to customize the look and reaction o…
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