Arduino Party Ideas

Hi everyone.

I'm holding a party in a couple months time, and the geeky side of me has decided to integrate the technology we oh so love.

I'll be running a data projector, which will be doing projection mapping on the dining table. This will all be done in Processing.

I'd also like to run some Arduino stuff with the guests (subtle games, possibly lighting gimmicks, etc.), but my imagination is running thin. What would be some cool little projects to make the guests say "wow"?

Give me you best ideas!

Regards.

A couple of people have posted here about their attempts to make drinks dispenser/barman controlled by arduino. Perhaps you could make such a thing (maybe downsized to specialize on a single drink) with a reaction based game to control whether it will dispense.

I've seen those, they look great. I'll definitely look at making one.

Thanks for the idea!

While you might be pricey for multiple units, consider a drinking mug with a Neopixel ring underneath with a clone doing some sort of pattern: http://www.adafruit.com/products/1463

Figure $25 for the whole setup.

FLASH Temperature in tri-colored bands and in Morse Code!

Port this: http://www.instructables.com/id/Orb-Flashes-Temperature-in-Morse-Code/ Should be a perfect fit for a t85.

Ray

Hey, Michael,

Neopixel ring underneath with a clone doing some sort of pattern

WHAT, no recommendation for the Trinket ]:D

I feel your pain.

Ray

mrburnette: Hey, Michael,

Neopixel ring underneath with a clone doing some sort of pattern

WHAT, no recommendation for the Trinket ]:D Ray

I consider the Trinket as a clone. However, having bricked both my Trinket and my Gemma, I can't really recommend them, unless you have an Arduino Uno to reflash the boot loader. I tend to think the Digispark is a little bit more robust than the Trinket and Gemma.

These seem like pretty cool ideas. Thanks!

I’ve got a whole bunch of code lying around with Processing and Twitter, so I’ll give that a try (e.g. tweet something specific and get the drinks machine to pour a drink!)

I liked this one: http://hackaday.com/2012/02/06/play-hide-and-go-seek-with-infrared-leds/ Looks like the links with the additional details are now dead, but you get the idea.

You could hand out the decoder(s) and let people find all the "treasures". In fact it might be really fun if instead of a LCD display you have the device "talk". You can use this library for speech on the m328: https://github.com/going-digital/Talkie

Or you could just have some fun and create a few devices that you scatter around that just talk or randomly babble speech/words using the talkie library.

--- bill

have the device "talk". You can use this library for speech on the m328: https://github.com/going-digital/Talkie

bperrybap that looks quite interesting. Is that speech library purely software based - i.e. is there no additional hardware needed? If so, that's amazing! Thanks for introducing me to it.

Yes. Pure software. All you need is to hook up the output pin to speaker or even a piezo element. It's pretty weak without an amplifier and the quality is a better if you use an analog filter and amplifier. But the quality is pretty decent especially considering it is all s/w and pretty large vocabulary fits into the m328.

It uses the same type of encoding and algorithms as was used in the old TI speak-n-spell. The s/w inlcudes a encoding application to create your own "sounds" or voice snippets.

The various vocabularies that come with the project are pretty good and can easlily do many projects. The one thing I thought was missing was: "Will Robinson" since you gotta have: "Warning Will Robinson" in any type of robot. Right?

I talked with the author about it. I'll need to fire up the encoder tool and sample it myself. I haven't gotten around to it yet.

--- bill