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Previous posts for this project here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi_projects/blog/tags#/?tags=pieintheface   Here is a demonstration of my final product.  I will be making another post after Halloween to go over the final code.   Its outside ready to annoy people!   Here is the video demonstration: ...
To keep people upto date:   The Animated grim has just been setup outside and it is epic! I have been mad busy making the thing after breaking a few parts. I will be blogging about the build early next week.   Goodluck with the projects guys, Mike ...
  Welcome back to Project: Foginator 20000! In this installment we are going begin wrapping the build up by moving everything from  the breadboard, to a prototyping PCB, and then placing it all into an enclosure. Then we will wrap everything up with a demonstration of the final code. There will be one more installment after this one, which will include actual data from Halloween night. I will also finalize the bill of materials in the final post as well.     The Parts  ...
  I added startup for all the main pieces.  On both Pis, this meant adding a line to near the bottom of /etc/rc.local. The line goes just above the exit line you see at the bottom.  Here is what I added:   sh /root/start_watching.sh &   I started the shell script running in the background.  The shell script waits 30 seconds, then mounts the samba share of the other Pi.  I start this script in the background so the main console stays ready for logins, if ...
With Halloween tomorrow we be everyone is doing the last minute touches to their project. Chrystal and I had so much fun doing this we want to make it a tradition. Below is video of the dispenser and the Wishing Hell, hope you enjoy. Sorry in advance for the blurry spots and shakiness, no matter how many times I through the camera at the wall it didn't improve.       Thank you for watching,   Chrystal & Dale Winhold ...
  As I mentioned last time, I added a Raspberry Pi B+ to the project, basically to take advantage of its GPIO pins.  Today, I was going to start interfacing the Arduino , which is driving the Neopixel stick.  I had read that there was a nice library for letting ArmV6 Raspberry Pis Raspberry Pis drive NeoPixels.  So, I movel the NeoPixel stick over to the secondary Raspberry Pi in thes project, which is a Raspberry Pi B+.  I tried out the library and it works quite well s ...
  #ShareTheScare this Halloween Visit our Halloween space and find out how to win one of two Cel Robox 3D Printers. There are two ways to win: Build and document your past or present Halloween projects. Tweet your best engineering spook with #ShareTheScare. Share your Project and Win #ShareTheScare Competition The Ben Heck Show Episodes   by LDR (age 10) and Thermistor (age 8)     Last Halloween we saw a brilliant Dalek pumpkin in a Cambridge college quad. It had a c ...
Previous posts for this project here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi_projects/blog/tags#/?tags=pieintheface   I have the following functionality: Load up images in a specific structure Load up sounds in a specific structure Animate eyes, with a realistic yet random blinking method Animate the mouth to make it appear to be talking The eye can be poked (demonstrated on last post) which results in a specific action.   To Do: Play sounds Fin ...
I got a box of nice parts to build my copy of the Foginator 2000   My biggest  confusion was what to do about the other parts I would need.  I did not know if they were arriving seperately or whether I needed to order them.  As time was growing short, I decided to proceed with experimenting and plan to visit Tanners Electronics in Carrollton to get more parts locally.  Fortunately, Tanners is a great local resource if you are near Dallas, Texas.     I start ...
  This is my second blog entry about this project.  I must have saved the first one to the wrong area on Element14, and I'll work on moving it after I finish this entry.  As I mentioned in part 1, I could not get the special pin extender in time to mount the PIR detector on the Raspberry Pi with the Sense Hat.  So, I elected to add another Raspberry Pi to the project and connect all devices other than the Sense Hat to it.  It is a Raspnerry Pi B+, which I had as a spare. ...
  #ShareTheScare this Halloween Visit our Halloween space and find out how to win one of two Cel Robox 3D Printers. There are two ways to win: Build and document your past or present Halloween projects. Tweet your best engineering spook with #ShareTheScare. Share your Project and Win #ShareTheScare Competition The Ben Heck Show Episodes   Here is my first project using Raspberry Pi.   It's an animatronic Halloween Electric Chair Prop using Raspberry PI GPIO.   wat ...
As I read through Charles Gantt's blogs on the Foginator 2000, I saw that he used an off the shelf relay board to switch the fogger on and off.  However, I didn't want to spend the money when I could just as easily create my own relay board.  So, I sketched up the following schematic.  The inputs on the left go to the Raspberry Pi board and the outputs at the top go to the fog machine's remote control. I pulled the following parts from Seeed Studio's Arduino Starter Kit to buil ...
Previous posts for this project here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi_projects/blog/tags#/?tags=pieintheface   My current progress:       Eyes are blinking, mouth is talking, and the eyes can be "poked".   This post is more of a construction post, I will show my updated code and comments in my next post tomorrow.   One thing I am finding challenging is getting a pumpkin that is the right size for the face.  Be ...
Hello everyone, Candi is almost ready to give to children. Tombstone is done, programming is 95% complete, treats are bought, infinity wishing well is almost complete. We have been very busy. We decided to have the children pick a ghost or ghoul to randomly pick how much candy to give. Chrystal felt that the little children would find it to difficult to have questions and not enjoy it. She added sound effects and made it fun to play. We will upload pictures and video tomorrow for everyone to se ...
While I am waiting for answers about starting Python interpreter in privilege mode mentioned in my previous blog Step by Step Build Trick or Trivia Halloween Candy Dispenser #3, I'd like to continue my journey. This is going to be a short blog about how I work on LED blink.   I wrote a small piece code LED_Blink_Test.py which blinks LED(toggling red/green LEDs every second) until I hit the enter key. It works as expected. import RPi.GPIO as GPIO import time import sys import select G ...
Following my previous blog Step by Step Build Trick or Trivia Halloween Candy Dispenser #2, I will start with the Python GUI in this blog.   I got the LCD display work and I can SSH to my Pi 2 in the last two blogs, so I decided to try out Python GUI code in the SSH session. However, it didn't work. I thought I could create a widget on the LCD by typing Python code root=TK() in SSH session. Obviously, I was wrong. pi@candydispenser1 ~ $ pi@candydispenser1 ~ $ python Python 2.7.3 (defau ...
The Halloween projects from CyborgDistro are under way. This should show you some of the awesome Multi-Robot Pi-Borg costumes you can make with Raspberry Pi and a couple of inexpensive robot arms! We know you've always wanted to become a Pi-Borg -- now is your chance to upgrade your hardware/software stack directly to #CyborgDistro!   (1) A fully-fledged Autonomous Cyborg Backpack!       https://tandonp.wordpress.com/autonomous-cyborg-backpack/ System Specs: ...
Quick update.  The extra parts came in but when I attempted to replace GPIO header with no pins sticking out with one with extended GPIO pins I am having problems actually getting the new Header to slip on.  I will attach a picture at bottom of post.  The issue seems to be each SenseHat pin having a gold encasing that are big enough that the new header doesn't want to slip on.  Not sure if I should strip the SenseHat of those gold casings per pin or not.  Anyone else wit ...
  First off, let say thanks for being part of this project. A couple of weeks ago I started assembling my project. The LCD display will come after. I managed to destroy a servo, by playing with it. Also, I'll simplify the box by using and RGB led.   When I first booted into latest version of Raspbian I ran the Configuration menu. I rebooted, and the ran:   sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade –y && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y   I must s ...
While I'm waiting for some parts to arrive, I decided to build the amplifier board that was supplied with the parts kit.  Here's what came in the kit:   Step 1 of the build was to install the resistor:   Step 2 was to install the diode:   Step 3 was to install the slider switch:   Step 4 was to install the ceramic capacitors:   Step 5 was to install the speaker and power connectors:   Step 6 was to install the audio connector:   Step 7 ...
  Welcome back to the Trick or Trivia Blog. In this installment, I am going to lightly document the process I used to build the faux tombstone that will be used to hold the Raspberry Pi 7-inch touchscreen. My original plan was to buy a 5-foot tall Frankenstein statue, or some other tall halloween figure. Unfortunately I was unable to find anything locally that fit within my budget of $100 for this segment. After talking to a few friends, and watching several videos on YouTube, I decided to ...
A very busy October so far and finding out that my project kit has been misplaced by UPS means that I have less than 10 days to Halloween with not really a lot of equipment at disposal! So I have come up with an achievable plan I can work on over the weekend and not need a lot of equipment, hence minimalist!   I have a number of gadgets around the house which I will try to integrate in this project, particularly the following: Foscam CCTV to act as a motion detector (Using Motion as a sof ...
So we (Chrystal and I) received Candi's remains yesterday, a very happy yet sad occasion. Attached are lots of photos of what we received. Also is a chart of what we will make for the Halloween candy dispenser.   Below is what has to be modified to allow Scratch to use the GPIO's. This modify is a lot easier then the first time I did it. It took about 4 hours of changing the first time (2 years ago) now it is very easy.     Open up an LX Terminal window and download the installe ...
Following the previous blog Step by Step Build Trick or Trivia Halloween Candy Dispenser #1, I will start from configuring WiFi. I used a couple of links to help me set up Wifi: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/wireless-cli.md and How-To: Add WiFi to the Raspberry Pi | Raspberry Pi HQ. Basically you need add a new network in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file like this network={     ssid="your router ssid"     psk="wifi ...
Previous posts for this project here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi_projects/blog/tags#/?tags=pieintheface   Got my kit, and assembled the Pi screen.  I did a few things that will help with development and deployment.  Follow the steps on this page: http://opentechguides.com/how-to/article/raspberry-pi/5/raspberry-pi-auto-start.html   This will allow auto login, as well as automatic starting of the GUI on boot.  This is better ...
This series of blogs will show how I build theTrick or Trivia Halloween Candy Dispenser project step by step following Charles_Gantt's series of blogs Trick or Trivia Halloween Candy Dispenser #001 - Project Introduction.   First of all, thank element14Dave & element14 for giving me this opportunity. I received my kit a few days ago. Below is what in the box.   I noticed that the kit includes a 4GB SD card instead of microSD card, so I have to find myself a 8GB micro SD card as ...
The blogs that seem to be getting updated are the 7" RPi screen ones so I thought I would keep the Foginator people rolling while they are waiting for their kits to come to them.  :-)   Earlier I posted a picture listing all of the parts that came with the Foginator Project so anyone still waiting for shipment should be receiving similar.  Reading through the Foginator 2000 blog entries by Charles_Gantt is showing that additional parts will be needed to at least do the basics of ...
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RPi Haunted Foginator

Posted by jkutzsch Oct 16, 2015
Project items came in!    List of items staring in the center and spiraling out clockwise: 1.  The Raspberry Pi Sense Hat.  Key to the project. 2.  The Raspberry Pi board. 3.  Adafruit 8 channel level shift 4.  Adafruit Neopixel Stick 8 5.  Visaton Speaker 6.  Element 14 Wi-Pi 7.  ABS Case, Grey 8.  8gb Rasperry Pi card preloaded with Noobs, (8gm microsd with in SD adapter) 9.  Velleman-kit, 2x52 amplifier   Going th ...
Introduction Raspberry Pi Touch Screen WiPi Pi Camera Connecting the camera Enabling camera support Thermal Printer Connecting the printer Controlling the printer Kivy Project Code Build Demo   Introduction  I had a thermal printer for a while now, but never used it as part of a project. Recently, I purchased the new Raspberry Pi Touch Screen and decided to make a kind of photo booth. The touch screen would be used for the us ...
While we wait for Candi's remains to arrive we are preparing for the undertaking to bring her generosity back to life for children. My daughter Chrystal is very good at programming Scratch language. This will be the programming language used for this project. Scratch alone can't run the gpio's so modifying the os is required. This will allow Scratch and python to work together and create new scratch icons. The os hack will be documented and uploaded for all to see. The coffin is made for the can ...
  Welcome to installment #005 of Project: Foginator 2000, part of the 2015 Raspberry Pi Halloween Project series here at Element14. In this week's episode I am going to demonstrate how to get Neopixel (WS2812B) LED modules working with the Raspberry Pi 2. Unfortunately as you will see, this is an almost impossible task as the previously working library is only compatible with Raspberry Pi versions up to the Model B+.   Below is a table containing the parts you will need for this segm ...
Previous posts for this project can be found here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi_projects/blog/tags#/?tags=pumpkinpi2015   I want to blog a little about the pumpkin mainly becuase I need to get the design nailed down while I wait for my hardware to arrive.   The pumpkin will play at random, pre-recorded sounds.  When a sound plays, the eyes and mouth move around.  When a sound ends, the eyes will still move but the mouth wont.   ...
It looks like I am one of the first to receive the Kit, So I thought I would do a quick video of what was in the box:     Thanks Element14 and Dave, the kit looks great and was shipped fast as always! Keep an eye on the main page for future blogs:   Animated_Grim Blog: Home Page [Last Updated 6/10/2015 < British Format] ...
Updated arrangements:   Since the sad announcement we now await for Candi's remains to be delivered to us. Our family is saddened by the loss especially her friend Scratch & her pet Python. They both graciously volunteered to help Dale & Chrystal be the undertakers to put Candi's remain back together and prepare her for the coffin. Scratch & Python will keep her thoughts, actions and memories alive as well help with keeping children happy. Candi's memory will be kept in her fav ...
We regret to announce the sudden death of Candi D. Spencer. The tombstone is being made in memory of Candi. The tombstone has 2 doors that will open as a grieving child approaches which reveals a LED touch screen. The saddened child will be asked a question, upon answering, Candi will give a treat to make the child happy. The tombstone will be mounted on top of the coffin, Candi's hand will come out of the coffin offering the treat.     More information on this sad announcement to c ...
  Welcome back to the Trick or Trivia Blog. In this installment, I am going to cover the candy dispensing mechanical assembly, as well as the coding to get the servo up and running on the Raspberry Pi 2. Up until now, all of the parts needed to build this project were able to be purchased from Newark.com or MCM Electronics, but this portion will require a 3D printer or some handy inguinuity and minor skills with wood working equipment. I have included both the printable .STL files as well ...
What I will build if I am selected(the more detail, the better!):   Synpopsis At carnivals they usually have a dunk tank where a person, which I usually see dressed as a clown, heckles the crowd to lure them into paying money and attempt to dunk heckler.  The Heckler makes faces and yells things at people as they walk by.  I want to build a pumpkin that does the same thing but heckles trick or treaters or attempts to startle them by waking up suddenly with a loud "BOO!"   & ...
We will be using quite a lot of image processing on this project, lets make life simple.     It it crazy Just How much miss information there is about opencv and the Raspberry pi, many tutorials will guide you thru a installation process that takes 12 hours+ and has library's linked complexly.   Opencv 2.4.1 [CV2] is available in the default Rasbian Reposttory. To Install on Rasbian, type the following into the command terminal:   Type Into Terminal Sudo apt-get update sudo a ...
Why enter the competition >I have checked out a few of the other Halloween projects and they are great! >Many fun Halloween pi ideas just wont leave the back of my mind >The Element14 Challenges are Fun     Project Scope Right, well I’m guessing you have watched the above video. Lets talk about the plan in a little more detail.   Aim: Pi based vision based project that is scary, fun and would make a great project for people interested in the Rpi and vision. I g ...
With running this project on a non existent budget, a lot of the stuff is going to have be  $1 or borrowed temp from another project.   Here is the poor mans "Fog" build. I built this unit as a pesticide doser, by just adding water it will create safe cool mist and by adding a few delivery hoses we should be able to route this wherever it is needed.   Take a look at the Vertical Growing Blog for more info on this mister:   Automated Green House Blog's Home Page [Updated: 6/ ...
This will be the home page for the automated_Grim Project, a part of the PumpKinPi2015 Competition.       Blogs: Animated_Grim Blog:1 - Project Overview  Animated_Grim Blog:2 - Cheap Fog  Animated_Grim Blog:3 - Raspbery Pi and OpenCv the Easy Way  Animated_Grim Blog:4 - Unboxing The Kit  Animated_Grim Blog:5 - Halloween is upon us  Animated_Grim Blog:6 - Wiring diagram and the skull  Animated_Grim Blog:7 - Pi and Face Detection [Or Anything you want ...
In this post, we are going to create a very simple program. The program will ask you for your name, and then it will introduce you with the phrase: Hi, my name is _____. Through doing this we will be exposed to some of the basic concepts that we will want to use in any project that we might do in the future. We'll see how to take input from the user. How to respond to various user actions like when they click on a button. Finally, we'll see how to write out information to the screen to let the u ...

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