Last year I wanted to put together a Halloween display emulating my favorite Disneyland/world ride of all time
. Originally this was just going to be four heads on a table with the Haunted Mansion's "Grim Grinning Ghosts
" playing on a loop. But that all changed after I picked up my first Arduino UNO.
After I started learning to program my Ardunio this evolved into a photocell actuated video "on demand" Halloween display. I used an example I found on Arkadian.eu
to control a Dell Mini 9 netbook running AutoHotKey. When the photocell switch is tripped the Arduino sends a serial message to the Dell laptop which is converted to a keystroke by AAC Keys
which in turn triggers the below AutoHotKey
Script and finally plays back using VLC
. The "AAC Keys" could probably be replaced by setting up your Arduino as a USB HID but at the time this was all a foreign language to me.
So, lets get to the build!