44 September 2014
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It's almost Halloween — the favorite time of year for electronic hobbyists
to show off their skills! If you're like me, anything worth doing is worth
overdoing. So, this is the perfect time to complete your decorations with a
singing animation of Halloween songs!
Don't look at me that way. There is too such a thing as Halloween songs!
In fact, I made a playlist of Halloween songs available to stream for free
from Xbox Music ( http://bit.ly/1ly7eCG). Granted, most people wouldn't go
door to door caroling Halloween songs. Personally, I find it less awkward
opening the door to people in masks threatening harm if they don't receive
processed sugar treats than a group performing an impromptu concert. Do
I applaud? Invite them in for figgie pudding? Maybe that's just me.
FIGURE 1. My completedanimateddisplay.
Tools You’ll Need
• Jigsaw with wood blade
• Drill with drill bits and screwdriver
• Plastic cutting blade
• Soldering iron
• 10X Loupe
• Carbon paper for tracing designs (optional)
• String (optional)
• Cans of your favorite food (Yes, really.
Optional, but I’ll explain later.)
You’ll also need a 12V LED strip and 12V LED
power supply. These can be substituted if the
display size changes.
By Graham Best