Pacific Rim was just released five months ago, and cosplayers have already built challenging Jaeger pilot outfits. That’s because people who build costumes are awesome. Builder Peter Kokis constructed his take on Crimson Typhoon in 550 hours and he used any part he could scavenge, including the following items:
My name is Amy. I am an easy person to understand. I love Star Wars, costumes, comics, and coffee and am not afraid to release my enthusiasm for these things in Muppet-like flailing. I enjoy learning and reading and watching people get creative. I’ll be sharing examples of impressive cosplay and craftsmanship in the days to come.
Egads! LED Goggles you can see through (surprisingly well, too)! They pulse subtly, making them so cold and dehumanizing. They were totally perfect for the character I was going after – Mr Freeze. It was my first time really playing with LEDs and Arduinos, so it was a good learning curve hugely aided by the wonderful Instructables community. The biggest lesson here for me (as with virtually every project) was iterate, iterate, iterate! I’ve skipped all that for this instructable though and I’ll show you the steps to the end product!
A big focus at Embedded World 2013 was for the RX platform of 32-bit microcontrollers. Renesas commissioned Anouk Wipprecht to develop an interactive TechnoFashion dress designed using RX GR-Sakura (Arduino compatible) boards. For more information on RX, please visit: www.renesas.eu/rx
Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit – v1.1: Adding quality audio to an electronic project is surprisingly difficult. Here is a shield for Arduinos that solves this problem. It can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer. This shield is a kit, and comes with all parts you need to build it. (read more)
The giant sandworms of Dune can grow to over 400 meters long, and are equipped with an incredible array of crystalline teeth. They dwell in the deep desert on the planet Arrakis, sole source of the prescience-inducing spice drug melange, and are known to native Fremen as Shai-Hulud. The worms create the spice, and he who controls the spice controls the universe.
If you wish to follow in Leto II’s footsteps and transform yourself into a living embodiment of Shai-Hulud, simply follow this Instructable.
I didn’t do anything new and unusual with this set. In fact, my goal was to see how interesting I could get these to look without the use of a micro controller. I keep getting asked if I sell these things, and I am too stubborn and sentimental to part with any of the others I’ve made in the past. This is a low-cost, ‘all that glitters’ pair that simply blinks and has the cool leather trim that is my signature icing on the cake. They’re neat, but are the sort of model I’d be comfortable letting go of, as they didn’t take me a stupid long amount of time to make or troubleshoot. That being said, I think they’re a nice addition to the family.
Last year I completed my personal favorite turtle, Mikey. It took me 1 year to complete the costume, but there couldn’t be just one turtle. SO, it was a must that I complete his three counterparts. After 2 years from the birth of the idea to create the ninja turtles, they are finally finished and ready to clean up the streets!
Finished my Halloween costume. I’m space. And my arm is a rocket ship hurtling across the vast expanses of my shirt at ludicrous speed. 12 individually-addressable LEDs sewn into my shirt flicker like stars and are controlled by an @adafruit flora microcontroller. I designed and 3D printed a rocket ship that fits nicely over my cast on my left hand.
Halloween is over but it’s never too early to get started on next year’s projects! Here’s a tutorial from forum member rogerkaplan on how to make your scary Halloween skull decorations even more frightening.
There are a few circuits floating around the net for changing sound (either microphone or recording) into servo motion, usually to control an animatronic (I’m doing a talking skull). For the most part it operates on the amplitude of the sound.
Since I’m a programmer rather than a hardware guy, I decided to do most of the work in software using an Arduino Nano which I had lying around. I figure that I can also improve the motion with some software fiddling (envelope following, possibly basic phoneme recognition)
Forum member eagleeye2e made these adorable costumes for Halloween this year and we love that they used our tutorials in such a cool way. This is definitely a good project to learn for next year’s Halloween!
I thought I’d share the results of my recent project where I made Despicable Me Minion Halloween costumes for my kids. This project was inspired by the trinket powered goggles tutorial in the Adafruit Learning System. In addition to the goggles, I wanted the kids to have Minion sounds that they could trigger so I used an Adafruit wave shield with an MP3 speaker and a tactile switch. The wave shield/arduino uno/battery pack combo and the MP3 speaker fit in the hooded sweatshirt pocket and I ran some speaker wire up to and down the inside of an arm sleeve for the tactile switch which was safety-pinned to the cuff. The costumes have already generated a lot of praise as well as questions from friends and family.
Thank you Adafruit for the great products and tutorials!
Here’s a photo of the finished goggles:
And a video of the kids showing them off:
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Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit – v1.1: Adding quality audio to an electronic project is surprisingly difficult. Here is a shield for Arduinos that solves this problem. It can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer. Read More.
NeoPixel Ring – 16 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Round and round and round they go! 16 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.75″ (44.5mm) outer diameter. The rings are ‘chainable’ – connect the output pin of one to the input pin of another. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you’re ready to rock. Read More.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! WRAPUP EDITION! Each weekday this past month we brought you ideas and projects for an Electronic Halloween! Expect wearables, hacks & mods, costumes and more here on the Adafruit blog! Working on a costume project? Find ideas here and share your project with us on Google+, in the comments below, the Adafruit forums, Facebook, or Twitter– we’d love to see what you’re up to and share it with the world (tag your posts #ElectronicHalloween). Tune in to our live shows, Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern and Ask an Engineer, where Adafruit store discount codes are announced– get the most bang for your costuming buck!
Yet another epic project from the Ruiz brothers! This mask is horrifying yet I really want to make one for myself. In addition to the Halloween mask it looks like they used a pixel ring for each eye, three single NeoPixels for the mouth and one rechargeable lipoly battery.