I had the idea of making a ‘Paul the Octopus’ when playing games with friends. The rule is anyone who is pointed by the pointer should make a joke. Why couldn’t I replace the pointer with running lights? So, team up with an artist and a programmer. We started to make Paul the Octopus. It is beautiful and funny. All the LEDs are on when you turn on the power. And when you pick up the switch, the LED will be on one after another. Later on, the final LED will stay on. Then the person that the LED point should follow others’ order.
1, Logic DC Jack (Mainboard) from Techbox Tricks ×1
3, Flexible LED Strip - RGB
4, Grove – Variable Color LED ×1
5, Grove – Tilt Switch ×1
6, 9V to Barrel Jack Adapter ×1
7, 9V Battery ×1
Reflective Silver Paper
Artificial Crystal Stones
Step 1 Design drawing on the reflective paper.
Step 2 Make a circle base according to the design.
Step 3 Stick a flexible LED strip surround the circle base.
Step 4 Stick a artificial crystal stone to each LED.
Step 5 Stick some crystal stones together to build a big one with irregular shape and size.
Step 6 Make Paul the Octopus with ultralight clay.
Step 7 Connect the electronic components.
Step 8 Put the variable color LED into the center of the paper base.
Step 9 Stick the stones and octopus to the base.
Step 10 Write running LED programs