Spooky Halloween Design Inspiration

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate we have 3 amazing halloween design contest winning designs to bring the feeling of ghosts and pumpkins for you electronics entertainment.

  1. HalloweenGhost by designgameinc

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From the README:

“This creepy PCB has red LED eyes and eerie sound comes out of its slotted mouth (loudspeaker is on the bottom side). The sound is generated by an ATMega32 MCU. Any wave file can be converted to 8 kHz samples and inserted into the code (thanks to Rejith, see http://avrpcm.blogspot.com/2010/11/playing-8-bit-pcm-using-any-avr.html?m=1 for more details about MCU firmware). The power is provided via a microUSB connector (no data lines, just power) and will therefore start to spook as soon as connected to any USB port (might also possess the device at the other end of the cable, use at your own risks). The ATMega32 can be programmed using the ICP connector. All the parts are on the bottom side and only the LEDs on the top side. Note the ghost’s pupils are the LEDs cathode mark. Happy Halloween!”

 

2. Halloween LED scary pumpkin by haroldocalvo

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“Halloween LED scary pumpkin”

The eye’s and mouth light up in this scary pumpkin!

3. Halloween Pumpkin LEDs by eugene.kim.pcb

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Halloween IoT Pumpkin!  This  one uses the Texas Instruments CC3220MODSF12MOBR to connect and control the LEDs on this Pumpkin.  Check it out!

Thank for all the halloween submissions.

Have a great halloween!

Michael

Halloween is Coming to Haunt You

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate Upverter is giving away cold hard cash (well, some digital form of it, but that sounds less cool) to 3 of the most fun or interesting Halloween designs that are made in Upverter!  We will share the winning designs on Halloween.

What are we looking for?  Well anything that is Halloween-related, something that is in the shape of  pumpkins, ghosts or ghouls, or something that is built into you costume. Here are 2 examples of halloween designs. The first is a pumpkin shaped led board, with what looks like a really happy pumpkin, I am hoping to get a scary looking one … hint hint … but could not find one :(.  

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Pumpkin design link

The second is a lighting board for a halloween costume; build it into your costume to be the life of the party.

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Costume design link

How do you participate and win?

  1. Design a halloween themed design in Upverter.
  2. Make the design Public, you should give it a good description.
  3. Send support@upverter.com and email with a link to the project and what it is. No later than Sunday October 28th.
    • Bonus points for pictures of the made design or costume with the design in it!
  4. We will pick 3 winners (at my sole discretion) and send the winners $100 each.

I can’t wait to see the designs!

Happy halloween and have fun designing!

Michael

Upverter Tour Update – Vancouver Hack Space

Our next stop on the tour was Vancouver!  First I want to thank VHS (Vancouver Hack Space) for hosting our 4th meetup, the space is great and the people are even better, if you are ever in town you should swing by and check it out. I think Tuesday is open house night.

For this one I was flying solo with the goals to connect with our users, get feedback on the future of Upverter and Circuit Maker, and find the words that best describe what we are working on.  I hope everyone had as good a time, I could not have had a better and more engaging time talking about what people are working on and Upverter’s future plans.

So what did we talk about? well we started with what people are working on, like this pump controller for a sail boat! And being a fire thrower on weekends!  As a side note, I love boats and electronics, so I was jealous.  The people that came and the projects that they are making made this event a great time.  Thank you everyone for coming out and sharing.

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I got to talk with people about what Upverter is are working on right now, how our engineering team is busy working night and day bringing Upverter and Circuit Maker communities together.  It was exciting to talk to people that had used both, what drew them to try both and how they see bringing our families together to make a better place to build electronics.  I am excited to keep this ball rolling and get the new look Upverter + Circuit Maker joint community live by the end of the year!

Together we we also talked about the future, what we are thinking and discuss what we are cooking up in the lab.  I got the chance to get feedback on the Upverter all in one solution that helps take Ideas and deliver them to your door.  What does that mean?  Well this is were it go tricky, I will need more ink to fully explain, but let me give you an idea of the high level what we talked about.
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The first idea we talked about is “automated system design to pcb”, “modular design” or “drag and drop electronics”.  This is making a tool that connects templates together at a functional level, not at the IC level, making it easier and faster to get from your idea to a manufacturable PCB layout.  One aspect that I am excited about it having a fully syncronized System design, schematic and PCB layout!

The next idea that we talked about is integrated manufacturing, having a “print button” that checked the design for errors ahead of ordering, and when it passes, have a fully assembled PCB at your door.  This solves a real problem that I have personally, I cannot wait to make this a reality!

Finally we talked about integrated enclosure design.  Is it be better to auto-generate an enclosure from the PCB design? or should we make the enclosure and generate a board outline from the created enclosure?  both?  we need to start somewhere and we need your help on building what makes sense for you

 

We are doing the next meetups in the Bay Area, if you are around you need to join us!  I would love to get your thoughts on what future and get to know what kinds of projects you are working on, thinking about or dreaming of making.  Check out when and where we are going next on the Upverter Events Page.

Michael and the Upverter Team!