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Looking Skeleton

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Well Ii got a chance to get the microcontroller work and servo mounting done today. Here are 2 videos of the test I did and of the complete skeleton. All I have to do now is corps him up and make a slight adjustment to the servo mount.

Bell ringer update

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Well while testing the bell ringer, my neighbor made a comment. He said “you know what would be funny? If there was a muffled voice screaming for help coming from the grave” I looked at him with my evil genius face and said “I hate you, now i have to make the grave scream for help”.

 

So, here is a test video i did to see how the audio i created was going to sound in a box.

Bell Ringer

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Here is a practice test of the bell ringer before it gets buried. Since making this video i have changed the timing on the string pull.

Laser Trip Wires

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So for 2 years now I have been wanting to make a Laser Trip Wire around our front yard to protect our props. Normally we have just headstones out till Halloween day when everything gets set up but none the less I still want to TRY to protect them.

Here is a video of a concept using a cheap laser pointer, an Arduino and a photocell. Now this is not my design or my code. There are plenty of how to’s on YouTube and Instructables. I do however plan to adapt the idea.

My plan is to have it set uip with a relay board and when the laser is tripped it will turn on a bedroom light and buzz real loud to wake our butts up. I am also thinking about adding a hidden loud speaker and a wave-shield to play the sound of a shotgun pumping a round onto the chamber. Not only will it scare them off but I’m sure they will leave something behind too.

This also has other uses. Such as instead of using motion triggers for animated props. Using the laser trip wire will react faster and will not set the prop off by accident do to false motion.

I will post more information and updates as I refine it. Let me know what you think…

 

I did some more work on it and added the shotgun sound

Corpsed Skeleton

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Well Yesterday me and the kiddo ventured into a new territory. We corpsed up one of our skeletons!! The plan is to do 4 total for the yard this year.

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Well it has begun!!

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We have already started planning and working on Halloween. This year we plan to add a lot of new things. Here is a video of a preliminary code test of the Arduino and the concept. All this will do is ring a bell on a graves stone with a string that goes to the grave, Just in case the person i buried is still alive!!!!

 

Come and Gone

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Well Halloween has come and gone. Planning for next year has already started. This year was exhausting with all of the new technical additions we added.

 

Anyway, here is a short video of how things looked this year.

WooWhoo!!! Lightning Done!!!

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Well tonight we completed the install of the lights and then tested out the system. We have everything pretty much tuned and ready to go. There is one light still to be installed that goes on the roof and faces the large tree in the back of the house. This is hidden behind a couple of trees and will make it look like there is lightning coming from another area that is lighting up the roof and tree.

Here is a video of what we have done so far. I’m not happy though with the way it turned out as the camera makes it look like the light is contained. In actuality its spread out and looks very good!!

WebGun Goodness!!!

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Got to use our new Webmaster Web Gun tonight. Check out the pictures and the short video!!

 

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We have Lightning!!!

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Our FireFly Lightning Simulator came in today. Here are a couple of videos from inside the house and outside the house of us testing it. Shortly i will have a little write up about which bulbs we tested and which we eventually chose.