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Halloween Project Report – Team Jackson

Project Summary

The team’s goal was to create a box that, when triggered by a light sensor, would open the box and play a little bit of thriller. Unfortunately no team picture is available.

Team Members

John Pineda – Box design, structural design

Alex Townsley – Programming, box design

Dmitry Foster – Box design, refinement, assembly, blog writer

Project Challenges & Insights

Most of the project went smoothly, a few areas of trouble were the programming, the box design (the edges were cut incorrectly, and therefore had to be fixed), as well as the opening of the lid. Whereas the programming was difficult, it was eventually fixed with the programming expertise of Alex Townsley. The edges of the box were fixed by Dmitry Foster, the assembly then became very easy. The last problem left was the lid itself, the motor location was crucial for the lid to open (instead of the piece that opened the lid slipping halfway through). Eventually the optimal location was discovered, and the motor was put there, which fixed the problem of moving the lid, but created the problem of obscuring the visibility of the object inside (a small cutout of Michael Jackson). This was fixed by moving the cut-out.

Project Video

Unfortunately, due to the lack of pictures provided, it was impossible to create a video.

 

Halloween Project Report

Project Summary

We created a bat that had light up eyes and flaps its wings and emits a screeching sound when someone walks in front of it.

  

Team Members

Israel Taylor- Mechanical work, Soldering

Chase Minor- Mechanical work, programming

Project Challenges & Insights

One of the first challenges we encountered was trying to find an efficient way to make the wings flap.  We solved this by using two servos.  Another issue we had was getting all the wires and other parts contained behind the bat.  Overall we are happy with what we came up with.

Halloween Project Report

Project Summary

We changed from what we were originally doing.  We decided that slapping a child’s hand was outside the Halloween spirit, and it would be impossible to know if they actually took multiple pieces of candy.  Instead we decided to just have a knob be turned and a foam hand would uncover a bowl which would allow access to candy.  This knob was put on a timer, when moved back to where it started the hand would stop opening and closing the lid. also a Green light would come on when the knob was turned(we figured green for go was good).  We were originally going to do red all the time, and green when it was turned, but the red burned out on my GRB so we did not do that.  This was also a bit of a power drain so it was just as well because it runs slower and all around not as well on a 9 volt battery instead of a computer via USB cord.

Team Members

Austin: Did all the Programing.  Helped put it together.

Alex: Printed out the foam hand and glued it together.

Tom: Designed the Foam hand in Inkscape.  Obtained materials, made The frame, wired everything and made the Post.

Project Challenges & Insights

The programing was more difficult then we originally thought it would be, and took the longest.  Because of this it pushed the rest of the project back, but because of the extended deadline this did not cause any major problems.  We also had a problem with the Red part of the RGB, as explained above.  But with the power problems we were starting to have it was just as well. 

Project Video

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Halloween Project Report

Project Summary

For our project we created a ghost on the foam cutter with flashing LED lights for eyes. The ghost moves when you turn a potentiometer from side to side using a servo.

Team Members

Rachel Linot- creating ghost with foam cutter, hooking up potentiometer and servo, attaching servo to ghost

Rachel Schraider- LED lights for eyes, hooking up potentiometer and servo, programming 

Project Challenges & Insights

We encountered a few difficulties during our project, first of all we had to figure out how to solder the led lights to wire and then attach them to the arduino. After that we had trouble getting the servo to work using the potentiometer, but that was an easy fix once we figured out how to hook up the wires on the breadboard. Our final trouble was attaching the servo to the foam ghost so that it would move it. We tried several different things and although it wasnt ideal we ended up putting one of the blsdes on the servo into the foam at the bottom of the ghost.

Project Video

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Halloween Project Report

Project Summary

Our team built a ghost that uses two RGB LEDs to glow and change colors and a servo to move back and forth once a button is pressed

Team Members

Josh Chase-Programming, video, electronics, post.

Jordan Steinbrock-Design, building, pictures

Project Challenges & Insights

The main challenge that we encountered was the programming. We originally wanted to add a song to play with the rest of the program, but had too many issues making it work. Another challenge was getting the LEDs to work how we wanted them to. If we had more time or could do this project again we would figure out how to add a song.

Because of our lack of programming skills, we went off of many examples that we found online here are links to all of the websites used:

http://arduino.cc/en/reference/servo

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Sweep

http://learn.adafruit.com/downloads/pdf/adafruit-arduino-lesson-3-rgb-leds.pdf

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Button

http://allaboutee.com/2011/05/16/arduino-tutorial-rgb-led/

Project Video

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Halloween Pirate Project

Project Summary

For our Halloween project we decided to make a box where when you open it, a skeleton pirate angrily shakes back and forth at you with a glowing red eye. There is a sensor on the front of the box that tells the skeleton to start moving. This is located where you would open the box so the skeleton will start moving as you open the box. The sensor will then activate the if statement in the programming which will turn on a for statement. This for loop will make the servo go back and forth 40 degrees a certain number of times. One of the skeleton’s eyes will also glow red while the other is covered by an eye patch. We originally were going to have the box open up automatically, but since the lid was so big(in order to reveal most of the skeleton) it proved much more difficult than anticipated.

Team Members

Robert Osborne- Designed skeleton and box in Inkscape. Designed program and wiring.

Matthew Barnes- Built box. Put everything together.

Challenges & Insights

Since our plan originally was to have the box open up by itself we spent some time trying to figure our how to get it to work. After a couple failed ideas we decided to have the skeleton move instead. This proved much easier and probably made the project better overall. When we first cut out the project on the foam cutter for some reason it would move the skeleton into one of the boxes in the program. This nearly made us waste a lot of foam. We were able to fix it by combining everything in Inkscape.  Another problem we had was the skeleton’s arm was too tall. To fix this we bent the arm down and glued wiring on to hold it in place. We also had to glue a few other areas when they broke. If we had more time we might have also made the box open up automatically.

Project Video

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Halloween Project – Black Cat

Project Summary

Our project is a black cat that will in essence jump out and scare trick or treaters when it senses them. The cat will sense someone walking by the light sensor, then set the dc motor on by letting one wire low and the other one high and the LED’s on. This will make the cat move forward for three seconds, then after that the dc motor wire that was high will be low making the cat pause for three seconds. Finally, the wire that was low in the beginning will be put to high and pull the cat back. We rigged the cat onto a pulley system from a spindle on motor to a pulley across the platform and attached wheels under it to make it slide easier. The LED eyes are all connected and powered by flexible wires so the cat can move easily.

Team Members

Mohammed Alyami – Programming, Circuits, Construction

Blake Jackson – Foam Cutting, Design, Construction

Project Challenges & Insights

Our first problem was the cat being too heavy to slide so we fixed this in two ways. First, we attached wheels to the bottom of the cat’s stand. Then Tom helped us rig up a chip to amplify the power so it could move more weight. If we had more time we could have provided better wheels so that it slides easier.

Project Video

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Halloween Project Proposal

Project Proposal Summary

We are planning on making a bat with flapping wings and LED eyes.  The bat will also hopefully have a speaker that will make a screeching noise to really scare the Trick-or-treaters!

Team Members

Israel Taylor

Chase Minor

Halloween Project Proposal – Team Jackson

Project Proposal Summary

We intend to make a box out of foam that has a light sensor attached to it. When the sensor is activated, we will have an Arduino begin playing thriller and a “zombified” white glove will reach out of the box and touch the hand of whoever is triggering the sensor. The music stops and hand retracts when light is no longer blocked from the sensor.

Team Members

Dmitry Foster

Alex Townsley

Katelin Marney

Halloween Project Proposal

Project Proposal Summary

We want to build ghost out of foam and have LEDs as the eyes. It will have a button that causes the ghost to move around. The Arduino will control the flashing of the eyes. 

Team Members

Rachel Schneider and Rachel Linot