Switch pinout

In the same “note to future self” vein as my recent hexagon math blog post, I’m writing this today more as a note to myself than an informative or fun blog post for the regular reader. With increasing frequency, I have started working with these little through-hole micro switches: As you can see, there are four pins, … Continue reading Switch pinout

Building light-up R2D2 mouse ears (May the Fourth)

I basically grew up at Disneyland. As a kid, my family lived about 20 minutes away and we’d get to go twice a year: once on my birthday and once on my sister’s.  In my 20s, I had an annual pass and would go on the weekends, or just pop by for an hour after work … Continue reading Building light-up R2D2 mouse ears (May the Fourth)

Spooky motion-sensitive Halloween eyes

This is one in a series of Halloween electronics posts. Read the full series: Spooky motion-sensitive Halloween eyes Interactive Halloween thunder effects Halloween goggles For halloween this year, some friends did a sort of “mini haunted house” in their garage. The plan was to mix having a small party with handing out candy and to … Continue reading Spooky motion-sensitive Halloween eyes

Arduino Halloween Lights

I have talked about this to several people and have described the details to a couple, but I figured I should finally document the setup I have for my Halloween/Christmas/everyday computer-controlled lights. I have never really done traditional Christmas lights at any of the places I have lived in Portland. Between high ceilings, basement offsets, and … Continue reading Arduino Halloween Lights

Dead Rats + Soldering Iron = Fun?

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were automatically imported from LiveJournal.  To see the comments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source posting at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2006/10/It seems that all of the really good craft projects start out with “be warned, this is another extremely graphic tutorial … Continue reading Dead Rats + Soldering Iron = Fun?