For fun over the Halloween night the people from XLC blog made a simple "Monster box" powered by an Arduino, small servo, and an infrared distance sensor. When someone or something approaches the box, the lid will open for a period of time and then close again. Once the box has been decorated as shown below it would be quite amusing for younger children:
It could be used at any time of the year, and also a fun example of an Arduino project you could share to help inspire younger people. Click here for the instructions and more demonstrations. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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