* i-Zombie.com • Welcome! — high power color organs — 1200 watts!!! this is tremendous. * Unit 70 — great skeletons thanks to kurt for the tips.
I exhausted myself driving around yesterday looking for connectors and other electronics parts for some halloween projects. Vetco, radio Shack, frys were all strike outs as were the local hobby stores. Lynxmotion is the place to go, they have all […]
Another great halloween supplier — Wholesale Electronics — I ordered a bunch of random relays and had them delivered in 48 hours.
One vendor kurt reminded me of was EFX-TEK . I ordered some stuff last night and these guys have killer customer service. Fast email response, they seem to be working 25 hours a day. Recommended.
* mutli-channel player — sned sounds over individual channels of a 5.1 setup. pretty useful for running multiple sounds off a single pc. Also a random tip on this page — “Want a “dead ringer” for Halloween? Run a string […]
Latest links culled mostly from the MoM Forum * Simple Dimmer. Lots of other kits and components here too. * Simple prop controllers and some nice application notes like this skull idea (zipped pdf) * I’m sure I’ve blogged this […]
Crazy idea from Philips — an ambient controller for entertainment. Can control lighting, airflow, temp based on game activity. Man this could be cool for Halloween prop control as well. via slashdot. Related posts: Finding Halloween Sounds, Halloween Status 10/16, […]
Gleaned these from the WSJ last week — published way too close to Halloween to be useful this year. Sites selling a more complete and deep set of home controllers than say x10 or smarthome: * Homecontrols.com * asihome
Minor meltdown over the last 6 days. My DMX512 system became inhabited by gremlins. Really teh gear is not supposed to be used outdoors so the fact that it survived 5-6 years is amazing. But I was using it to […]
Good links from MOM (membership reqd)on hacking inexpensive motion sensors: * How-to from Cowlacious (pdf) * Almost as good and not pdf — hacking a motion sensor * And from hauntedillinois
Something to look at later — some guys replacing MIDI and DMX type connections with an IP-based protocol — open sound control. Seems a little early but worth tracking
* Looping skull — not sure what I’d do with but if I have a spare monitor might be worth running at a window. or maybe i should find a cheap projector… * Free circuit designs at redcircuits. Some of […]
Per PCMag, Zensys Z-Wave is Home Automation that Works. I’m going to order a kit and try it out — it can’t be any worse than x-10 — i generally don’t use x-10 at halloween time because the robustness and […]
Lots of discussion in the MoM group about using Christmas lighting and control gear for Halloween. Lots of good pointers — Light-o-rama control software, Dasher at the Christmas Cave, Animated Lighting for all kinds of controllers and props, a simple […]
Effective Engineering and Blue Point Engineering seem interesting, I need good vendors/sites that help me figure out exactly what pneumatics to buy for animatronic applications. Frightmare has an interesting product too.
For future Halloween consideration — looks like you’ll be able to run MIDI over IP — IEEE P1639 – Distributed MIDI — I’d assume 802.11 would work too. Would be a nice control protocol option, there is lots of MIDI-compatible […]
A great pneumatics primer. I may have posted before.
A great midi setup for haunt control. I am ok with my system today (primarily DMX512) but this might be worth looking at.
From northern tool. Lots of people have used to set off effects.
A pretty comprehensive site for single board computers and related products.