Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hack-o-Lantern Has Remote Control to Change Colors

remote-control-pumpkin2Halloween means time for costumes and some awesome nerd tricks with the pumpkin.

This hack-o-lantern has got to be one of the best we have seen this year. The lantern has a remote control to change its colors. Channel buttons 0-8 on the remote control help cycle through the colors of the rainbow. Button 9 activates an ‘angry pumpkin’ mode that flashes a red strobe for a few seconds, says Ian Lesnet who has published a how-to on

It isn’t an easy project. The idea uses among other things a circuit that decodes the remote control signals and a color changing LED module and you have to have a fair understanding electronics and programming to get it right.

For the rest of us, there’s always the Youtube video that shows the different color modes of the lantern.

For more great geeked out lanterns, check out the winners of SparkFun Electronics’ competition, which include a self-powered illuminated pumpkin that uses zinc and copper plates to light the LEDs, and a Silly String hack-o-lantern.

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