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  • Motion Sensitive Projected Ghosts Using Raspberry Pi Zero

    Hi! I love this project, I've been planning on trying it for weeks, then just tonight I saw these comments about the "Scare Only" branch. I'd like to try that (I'd like to try it both ways, actually), could you please tell me the command I would need to clone/download/install the Scare Only branch? I used:git clone https://github.com/jackStalnaker/videoscareras per your guide to get the main branch, but I don't see the Scare Only branch in the directory on my local machine. Any help installing and running the Scare Only version would be really helpful and much appreciated! Thanks for your help and the great Instructable!

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  • FishFan commented on cjameson's instructable Monster in a Box6 months ago
    Monster in a Box

    Thank you for your prompt reply, that does explain A LOT! I am thinking it's the PIR sensor. Out of frustration, I had actually tried to run the sketch and circuit without the PIR attached, and it did seem to trip about every 30 seconds. That's when I thought maybe it was written into the code that way. I too bought the 5 pack of PIR sensors from DIYMall, and I am thinking they are the problem. I still have 2 of 5 new ones to try, I will order some different ones to have on hand, and look into a simple test circuit to make sure they are working correctly. I should have mentioned, I did try adjusting the pots on the PIR's board, but that hasn't seemed to do much for me.Thank you for the tip on the wiring too! Could I just ask, what part failed, the wires going from the relay out to the f...

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    Thank you for your prompt reply, that does explain A LOT! I am thinking it's the PIR sensor. Out of frustration, I had actually tried to run the sketch and circuit without the PIR attached, and it did seem to trip about every 30 seconds. That's when I thought maybe it was written into the code that way. I too bought the 5 pack of PIR sensors from DIYMall, and I am thinking they are the problem. I still have 2 of 5 new ones to try, I will order some different ones to have on hand, and look into a simple test circuit to make sure they are working correctly. I should have mentioned, I did try adjusting the pots on the PIR's board, but that hasn't seemed to do much for me.Thank you for the tip on the wiring too! Could I just ask, what part failed, the wires going from the relay out to the fog machine, motor, and lights? For this, I am using cannibalized power cords from old computers, the cord that goes from the wall outlet to the PSU. Do you think that's safe? And I would think the wires connecting the Arduino to the relay and everything else would be fine with just the very light gauge "jumper" wire included in the standard Arduino beginner starter kits. Do you agree?Thank you again for your time, you've been very, very helpful!

    Hello again! I am so close to finishing my version of your project :-) I have your code compiled and uploaded to the Arduino. I soldered up the WaveShield last night, and it's working great. I have the relay attached to the Arduino and it too is working (I have some prior experience with these relays). However, the problem I'm having is that my "monster" seems to suddenly wake for no reason. In other words, my PIR sensor seems to wake the "monster" randomly, even when no one walks by. I bought a cheap pack of 5 PIR sensors, and I've tried 3 out of 5 with the same results. I've tried using the 3.3v from the Arduino to power the PIR as per your instructable, I've also tried powering the PIR from its own 5v, 9v, and 12v power supplies, and I'm still getting the same beh...

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    Hello again! I am so close to finishing my version of your project :-) I have your code compiled and uploaded to the Arduino. I soldered up the WaveShield last night, and it's working great. I have the relay attached to the Arduino and it too is working (I have some prior experience with these relays). However, the problem I'm having is that my "monster" seems to suddenly wake for no reason. In other words, my PIR sensor seems to wake the "monster" randomly, even when no one walks by. I bought a cheap pack of 5 PIR sensors, and I've tried 3 out of 5 with the same results. I've tried using the 3.3v from the Arduino to power the PIR as per your instructable, I've also tried powering the PIR from its own 5v, 9v, and 12v power supplies, and I'm still getting the same behavior. I am not good yet with the code for the Arduino sketch, and wanted to ask if maybe it's written into your sketch to wake the "monster" periodically"? Or, do you think I have bad PIR sensors, or perhaps something else going wrong? If you have any ideas, I'd really appreciate your help! Otherwise, this is a great project, and if I can just get the electronics working correctly all I'll have to do is build my box, which will be easy for me. Thank you again for your help!

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  • FishFan commented on cjameson's instructable Monster in a Box6 months ago
    Monster in a Box

    Thank you so much for your help! I did finally get the code to compile and upload, I *believe* my problem was not having all the files (libraries, sounds, etc.) in the same parent directory. However, now I'm not sure if the circuit is working correctly, I'm not sure my IR motion senor is doing anything, though randomly (it seems) relay channel 1 and 2 will switch (but not three). I'm going to double check my wiring and connections this morning, I'm really hoping to be able to get this monster going for Halloween! Thank you again for your help and great project!

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  • FishFan commented on cjameson's instructable Monster in a Box6 months ago