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This animated LED pumpkin, built by my HacDC cohort David Kaufman, uses a PIC16F648 microcontroller to individually control 25 LEDs in a styrofoam pumpkin. A Windows app is also available to edit the animations (which are then rebuilt into a PIC app).

LED Pumpkin

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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