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Last Minute Halloween Costume

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and I know that at least some of you are still procrastinating your costume build. I thought I would share a fun and easy last-minute Halloween costume that a) takes almost no time to build, b) still impresses the pants off your friends and c) is appropriate for all ages. I call this little ditty the Human LED.  

DIY Easy Pom Pom LED Headband

Festival season is upon us, and whether you’ll be dancing on the grounds with 30,000 others, or alone in the sanctity of your living room, we have the perfect DIY wearable project to light up the occasion (and make you a little easier to find in the crowd): the LED pom-pom headband.  

LED Crystal Crown

In this project, we’ll create a wearable LED Crystal Crown using a simple circuit made of 7x Super Bright White LEDs wired in parallel and powered by two coin cell batteries wired in series.  

Party Bag

The Marquee Party Bag is a purse embedded with several LED Matrices and a Lilypad Microcontroller. The LEDs are easily programmable for the user to convey marquee messages or to simply make beautiful patterns. In this tutorial we will go through the step by step process of making this project.  

Fellowship of the Things! – SparkFun’s Internet of Things Video Series

The Fellowship of the Things is SparkFun’s newest series where our team of Creative Engineers build connected ‘internet of things’ or IoT projects. IoT is a broad category that is becoming much more popular, it basically entails any kind of wireless connect device which could be used for home automation, healthcare, smart grids, as well as wearables to name a few categories.   In this episode, Sarah and Shawn tackle some home automation with an interesting twist on front door security.  

Build a Connected Bear with SparkFun!

Happy IoTuesday! In this week’s edition, I build a connected stuffed bunny for my newborn niece (and yes, even though we refer to it as a bear for title purposes, we realize it has decidedly lagomorphic qualities).   Having recently moved to Colorado, I’ve been dealing with the challenges of living far away from family for the first time. This drove me to design a special method of communication for just my niece and myself—a stuffed animal that would alert me, all the way in Colorado, any time she played with it back in New York.  

Valentine’s Day Box of Talk-lates!

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we know you are ready to pull out all the stops to impress that special someone. Finding the perfectly sweet and personalized gift can be a challenge and outright anxiety inducing. Fret no more! This box of chocolates will send your Valentine sweet nothings via text message as they eat.  

Remote Smoke Machine

Check out our blog post on how to build this tiny, remote activated smoke machine made from an e-cigarette tank and a vacuum pump. Simply fill the tank with glycerin and you can make convincing smoke for cosplay, theater or pranking your coworkers!  

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