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  1. 3 points
    Hello! So here is my entry for Digilent's Halloween contest. This is my first time programming in MPIDE and doing something of this nature with microcontrollers, so I put a lot of hours into researching and getting it to work the way that I had planned (with quite a few setbacks along the way). A PIR sensor activates a servo attached to the doll's head, a digital voice recording module with a creepy audio clip, and some LEDs for the eyes. It's running on the chipKIT Max32. I will follow up with a link to an instrucable when I have time to hammer that out. I had a lot of fun doing this and learned quite a bit. Below are some different youtube vids displaying the doll! http://youtu.be/hjpHrV_7POU Here's a video of the completed doll. http://youtu.be/AHtMbCk0-c4 Gotta love slowmo http://youtu.be/1MZ9VPrGxOY Testing phase to make sure all of the parts are working as intended.
  2. 2 points
    Greetings! This is a project that I've been working on for a little while now, and now... well, it's dressed up for Halloween! I've been playing around with the (utterly awesome) WS2812 LED strips for a while now, with an eventual goal of semi-permanent lighting for the classier portions of my already classy abode. Using a Max32, a Basic I/O Shield, and MPIDE, I've been playing with various techniques & routines in order to control the lights as well as I'd eventually like. The first challenge was to get my sketch working with HSB instead of RGB. As a guy who plays with colors all the time, the idea of defining a color in RGB seems needlessly complex, but that's how the hardware works. My first efforts at doing on-the-fly HSB to RGB conversion are here: http://blog.digilentinc.com/index.php/controlling-led-strips-with-chipkit/ Once that was in place, I could focus on making cool colors, waves, etc. At this point I have a number of routines that look quite nice, and the below video shows one of my favorite. Yes, he's wearing a hat. What if it rains while trick-or-treating? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4XjqhxhSx4
  3. 1 point
    It's not nearly as impressive as Martha's creepy doll, but for my Digilent Halloween project I made a battery out of pumpkins! With two pumpkins in series I could get just over 1.6V. I made an Instructable that shows how I built it for anyone who's interested. It's a really fun and simple project.
  4. 1 point
    Like NMacDonald and mmigliacio, I too made a project for the Digilent Halloween Contest. A Halloween themed Box Monster! The Corrugated Conqueror has been (somewhat) tamed; rather than biting anybody who gets too close, he only opens up his mouth when people get close enough to him in order to tell them "Happy Halloween", but looks still looks ominous with his glowing green eyes when nobody is around. You check him out in the youtube video below.
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    If you want to use the Analog Discovery with a breadboard you will, as you said, need to turn those female headers into male headers. Digikey does have single pin headers available, but based on a per pin basis, it will be a little cheaper to break those larger amounts of pin headers into individual pin headers which can be easily done with pliers or wire cutters. Naturally, this will be somewhat tedious to do, but you can always get more of the larger pin headers (Digilent has a set of 5 available here) if something goes wrong. Alternatively, you could also use breadboard jumper wires as your gender changers. I personally prefer the breadboard jumper wires purely because I have a bunch of those right at my desk. In the end, it'll come down to what you'll prefer the most or find the most convenient for your project. Let me know if you have any more questions.
  6. 1 point
    Sweet! It looks like a lot of fun; I'm impressed with that you got all of that going with your first time programming in MPIDE.
  7. 1 point

    You Tube Video embedding in Forums?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1npWhzBJAzAYou just need to put in the URL for the video, you do not need to use the embed code