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The Bright Buggy, an Arduino-based toy

A few weeks ago, I came up with an idea for a new Arduino project. The concept is and execution should be pretty simple: Hook up an accelerometer with some LEDs using an Arduino board. Stick this little gadget in a toy car and use the accelerometer to measure the speed that the car is traveling. Based on the speed, the LEDs will light up different colors along a gradient…

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Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 3

Picture, Fritzing schematic, and Arduino C code uploaded here

Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 2

I spent Sunday evening hacking together this prototype of the circuit that will run in the stuffed animal I talked about in my previous post. (Or perhaps some kind of birthday eCard, which might be a little easier. My sewing skills are even more amateurish than my electronics & programming abilities.)

Follow the link for a video of it in action.

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Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 1

My niece’s second birthday is coming up and I wanted to try to make something interesting for her. Over the past year or so, I’ve been playing with an Arduino kit I bought from Adafruit Industries but haven’t really made anything unique yet. After seeing this cool little kit for sale at Sparkfun Electronics, I thought, why not try to expand on that idea, add a LilyPad Arduino and a speaker to the project, and modify a stuffed animal to make it do something?…

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