DIY Halloween Decorations: Animated Skull

In this build video, I show you my Animated Skull project. Using a servo, some 3D printing, and some clever circuitry, this inexpensive Halloween prop can automatically move in sync with recorded audio!

Check out the photo gallery below for more details!

Project Bill of Materials:
(1) 3D printed parts kit (link to my Etsy Page)
(1) Hi-Tec HS-311 servo (Amazon)
(1) steel wire
(1) audio jack (Amazon)
(1) power jack (Amazon)
(1) power supply (Amazon)
(1) Arduino Pro Mini (Amazon) 
Audio conditioning circuit board:
(1) 2N3904 transistor
(1) 10k Ohm Resistor
(1) 100k Ohm Resistor
(1) 22k Ohm Resistor
(1) 3.3uF cap
(1) 0.01uF cap
(1) 0.047uF cap
(1) 1N4148 diode
(1) trimmed proto board
(1) 2-pin 0.1” header
(1) 0.1” jumper
(1) twisted pair from ethernet cable (3in)
(1) 22Ga Solid Copper Black wire (6in)
(1) 22Ga Solid Copper Red wire (6in)
(1) 22Ga Solid Copper Green wire (3in)

Sample Arduino Code:

/**************************************************************
This is sample code for my Animated Skull project

You can see this code in action on YouTube:
Or visit my webpage at www.itsprojectday.com Written by Eric Wiemers for It's Project Day. (C)2018 Copyright Eric Wiemers **************************************************************/ #define Audio_pin A3 #define Servo_pin 11 #include <Servo.h> Servo TalkServo; int pos = 0; int Amp = 0; int AmpMin = 0; int AmpMax = 60; int AmpLow = 10; int Ave = 0; int Level = 0; int ServoMax = 165; //Up int ServoMin = 125; //Down void setup() { // put your setup code here, to run once: pinMode(Audio_pin, INPUT); pinMode(Servo_pin, OUTPUT); TalkServo.attach(Servo_pin); } void loop() { Amp = 0; // Sample audio amplitude averaged over 5 samples for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++){ Level = analogRead(Audio_pin); if(Level > AmpLow){ if(Amp == 0){Amp = Level;} Amp = Level * 1/5 + Amp * 4/5; } } if(Amp < AmpMin){Amp = AmpMin;} if(Amp > AmpMax){Amp = AmpMax;} pos = map(Amp,AmpMin,AmpMax,ServoMax, ServoMin); TalkServo.write(pos); }

When Halloween gets closer, I’ll post more pictures of the final dressing.

That was my project day!

If you liked this project, check out some of my others:

Instant Parade!

The ThrAxis – Our Scratch-Built CNC Mill

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