Posts Tagged ‘sword’

Energy Sword 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

This is the new Energy Sword for 2015. Featuring dynamic and reactive lighting, motion activated sound effects, and an internal rechargeable battery. Videos on the bottom of this post show off the lighting and sound effects. I built my original energy sword design with the help of Sean Bradely in 2009.  This work was expanded by Joshua Kane in 2013 / 2014.  I took Joshua’s work to the next level with multiple animation modes with reactive and multi fade lighting. Kudos for the sculpting and paint job still goes to Sean Bradely.

Energy Sword Action Pose

Note: I abandoned the custom circuit that I detailed in a previous post and instead went with inexpensive circuit modules from Adafruit and Sparkfun.

Electronics Part List

Sword Usage

  • While OFF
    • Press button to activate
    • Hold button to enter color selection mode > Press to cycle color modes > Hold to save selection
      • Energy
      • Fire
      • Water
      • Rainbow
  • While ON
    • Press button to extinguish.
    • Hold button to enter animation selection mode > Press to cycle animation modes > Hold to save selection
      • No extra animation
      • Flicker on, Comet Off
      • Flicker off, Comet On
      • Flicker on, Comet On

Note: Additional animations are ignored in Rainbow Color mode

Videos

New Beginnings – Sword 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Announcing a new sword electronics design and a partnership.

I have been working alone the past years on an updated energy sword circuit design.  Something that would allow me finer control of the LEDs without the burden of soldering the old massive LED arrays.  Details of my 2009 sword design.

Joshua Kane had been working independently on his own sword controller circuit, build completely from arduino modules.  You can see a write-up of his original project here: Stunning Halo 3 Costumes and Energy Sword

The outer shell of our both swords were made by an amazing sculptor named Sean Bradley.  It was through Sean that Josh and I met each other; and beginning last fall, we began working closely to bring an arduino based sword controller to life as a kit.

New Features

  • Motion activated Sound Effects
  • Motion activated Lighting Effects
  • Lighting Animations: Extend, Detract, Pulsate, Flicker, Clash
  • LED arrays are off-the-shelf LED Strips of varying prices and pixel densities from Adafruit.
  • HD MP3 sound effects (and LOUD too, thanks to the built-in amplifier plus speaker)
  • Lastly, this circuit is USB programmable using the Arduino Software as a Leonardo board.

 

Preview of the 2014 sword circuit

sword2014

Another thing to note on this circuit board is the accelerometer chip on the back.  Wow, is that guy tiny!  Putting my hot air rework station to good use to get that guy soldered.