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Do you want to make an interactive pumpkin make some scary noises this Halloween? Look no further. With the help of our Bare Conductive range, you can really spook your guests this Halloween by bringing your pumpkin to life.
Firstly, the Touch Board is a great tool for any object into an interactive MP3 player. In this blog, we’ll show you how to really bring your pumpkin to life by playing sounds or sound effects when you touch the pumpkin. To make sure the Touch Board and the Electric Paint can come in contact with each other, we pierce nails through the pumpkin from the inside, then we cover the nails by painting a face with Electric Paint. The paint and the pumpkin become a sensor, so when you touch the pumpkin, it plays your sound. This is a great project for the Touch Board Starter Kit, as it contains all the materials you need. The only thing that isn’t included in the kit is the pumpkin!
Follow the steps below to create your interactive spooky pumpkin with the help of videos by clicking here:
1. Paint the Pumpkin - With the pumpkin carved out, draw the outlines of the face of the pumpkin with a pen. On the rear side of the pumpkin, cut a small hole, which we are going to use to run the USB cable for the Touch Board through. Then, stick one or more nails through the pumpkin. You want the nails to go through where you are going to apply the Electric Paint. The nails are going to be our connection from the front to the inside of the pumpkin.
Paint the face with Electric Paint, covering the nails with paint too. If you find that the pumpkin is too waxy, apply a second layer of Electric Paint.
2. Upload Tracks to the Touch Board - While the paint is drying, you can upload your MP3 file to the Touch Board. When you have your MP3 file ready, remove the SD card from the Touch Board and insert the card with the card reader into your computer. On your computer, find the MP3 file that you want to use on the Touch Board. The name of the track requires to be TRACK0XX.mp3, where the XX is the corresponding electrode. For example, TRACK000.mp3 is played when electrode E0 is triggered, TRACK003.mp3 for electrode E3 and so on, up to TRACK011.mp3. We’re going to use electrode 11, so we created TRACK011.mp3.
Once you have uploaded the track, remove the SD card from your computer and insert back into your Touch Board.
3. Connect the Paint to the Touch Board - Inside the pumpkin, you can use a crocodile clip to connect one of the nails to the Touch Board.
4. Touch the Pumpkin - Connect the other end of the clip to electrode E11. Turn on your speakers and plug them into the Touch Board. Next, power on your device. Try touching the pumpkin, it should play your sound.
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(Credit: Bare Conductive)