November 7, 2012 AT 5:00 am

Halloween brain machine head

Adafruit community member Will Moindrot combined Mitch Altman’s Adafruit Brain Machine kit with a hairdresser dummy to create an eerie Halloween spectacle … one that flickers at a pattern that just might induce trip cycles. (The lights are really bright, though, so unless you are watching this on video, don’t stare into the lights!)

This is a video of something I made for Halloween. It’s based off the circuit used by Ada Fruit’s Brain Machine kit. Got the electronics from RS Farnel, soldered onto Strip board, I have embedded it into a Hairdressers head. Lots of fun but I am interested in seeing how to manipulate the trip cycle, connect it to Arduino or Raspberry Pi?


BrainMachineKit

Brain Machine Kit v1

Relax and rejuvenate as your brain synchronizes to a wonderful meditative state, and enjoy as you hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns from your subconscious mind!

The Brain Machine provides you with a fun, easy way to meditate, all the while being very photogenic! They work with lights and sounds that pulse at a 14-minute-long meditation sequence of brainwave frequencies. Your brain synchronizes to this meditation sequence, and you meditate. It’s that easy! And the beautiful colors and patterns you vividly imagine along the way make it fun and enjoyable. The Brain Machine works with blinking lights. Be aware that blinking lights are not good for some people, especially those prone to seizures!

Build your own Brain Machine to expand your brain’s technical skills, then lean back and enjoy the light show. They are a blast at parties, a fun way to practice meditation and trip out.L

The Brain Machine Kit is an unassembled DIY kit – all the parts needed to make it are included:

  • High quality Printed Circuit Board
  • All electrical components, including pre-programmed microcontroller, wires, LEDs
  • Over-ear headphones
  • Dark-tinted safety glasses (fits children and adults)
  • Color printed overlay for fashionability
  • 2 x AAA batteries included – will last for hundreds of ‘trips’

The Kit does not include basic tools! You will need to provide the tools necessary for construction including a soldering iron, diagonal cutters, drill, hot glue (or other adhesive), scissors, etc. For the list of tools you’ll need, please check the project prep page The project is not very difficult and can be constructed in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace by someone with no soldering experience. We have plenty of testing spots to help you along.

For more information including the detailed kit instructions please visit the project page!


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