DIY Hacks & How To’s: Proximity Sensors

Last week I showed how to use a pressure plate switch to activate special effects. This week, I am going to show you how to make a simple proximity sensor. This is basically just an infrared LED and a phototransistor. When a person stands near the sensor, some of the... Read more »

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Pepper’s Ghost Illusion

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Pepper's Ghost is a special effects technique for creating transparent ghostly images. This technique has been a staple of theaters and haunted houses since John Pepper popularized it in the 1800's. It works by reflecting an image of the ghost off of a sheet of plexiglass. The plexiglass is set... Read more »