Halloween 2012

Some of the highlights of our 2012 Halloween installation:

  • Custom-written C# controller on PC
  • Network Audio Player using managed DirectX (XAudio2)
  • Propeller/Spin IO Expander (handles all IO including DMX)
  • Custom SPIN application with support for DMX, Relay, Inputs, Motor PWN and Quadrature Encoder
  • Pneumatic lifter for spider, triggered by solenoid valve
  • DMX lights: 4x LED RGB-lights, 1x LED strobe light, 1x dimmer pack 4chn
  • Skeleton on track in ceiling, controlled by motor and quadrature encoder (built in lego)
  • DIY pressure mat in stairs
  • Background music and multi-channel sound effects


More details to come soon!

  1. #1 by Lee Alder on December 5, 2013 - 8:32 am

    I like your project idea, I dl the VS and installed it, but I can’t get it to run
    I’m lost on the “SIM” area.
    I have never used VS ever before so I’m sure I’m lost somewhere
    Thanks in advance

    • #2 by hakanl on December 5, 2013 - 9:24 am

      I should probably write some tutorials/howtos 🙂
      Do properties on SceneRunner and under debug command line arguments you should enter SIM SCENE=DEMO1
      That should start a simple demo scene using the simulator. That’s a good start. Then you can extend with other ports like DMX, sACN, etc, depending on what you have.

      • #3 by Lee Alder on December 5, 2013 - 9:48 am

        Thanks that got me further along.

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