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If you have any kind of MIDI-controlled prop you should check out this video.  It shows you how to create an animation sequence for your prop.  The video uses a skull and Reaper software, but you could apply the technique to any MIDI prop.

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Keyboard Hack

Hacking a keyboard is a cheap (free?) and easy way to control your computer with external switches and sensors.

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Do you want to add computer control to your haunt or show, but you’re not sure which controller to choose?  Wolfstone has an overview of several types of controllers and the advantages / disadvantages of each.

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Vile Things has an article that gives some good information on basic prop control, as well as details on how they built a controller based on a Keybanger and some relays.

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Gemmy Animated Scary Skulls are great for hacking. Their jaws move, their eyes light up (and even move on some models), and best of all they’re cheap. Right out of the box they’re not so impressive though. You trip the motion sensor and garbled noise comes out of the tiny speaker for a few seconds. [...]

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Yard-light motion sensors are a cheap and easy way to add some automation to your haunt. Just hook up power to the sensor, hook the output to an outlet, and you can control anything that runs on 120VAC. But what if you want to control something else? It turns out it’s pretty easy to modify [...]

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Talk To Stuff Via SMS

Here’s a project that uses the serial port on a cell phone to let you talk to your props and gadgets via SMS.  It’s not the fastest remote control in the world but it will let you control things from a distance. [Read Article]

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DMX512 Tutorial – Part 2

Learn what DMX512 is and how to use it.   Part 2 gets into some of the more technical details of the DMX512 protocol.

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DMX512 Tutorial – Part 1

DMX512 us used for controlling all kinds of lights and effects.  This DMX512 tutorial tells you what it is and how to use it.  Part 1 gives a basic overview of the protocol and what it does.

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NSI Multiplex Daisy-Chaining

If you’re using NSI Multiplex to run your stuff, it’s pretty easy to daisy-chain devices even if they don’t have an output jack.  This article shows you how. [Read Article]

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