Spectacle Example: Super Mario Bros. Diorama

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Contributors: SFUptownMaker
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Introduction

Spectacle is designed to make complicated electronics projects simple, so you can focus on what you do best: making cool things!

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to make an animated diorama (with sound effects!) using Spectacle.

Gif of mario box in action

Techniques of note

We created the tiles for the diorama using this project from Thingiverse. We 3D printed the tiles, then painted them accordingly.

Picture of the project

The layout was designed in Inkscape, then etched into the wood with a laser cutter. The laser cutter was also used to cut out the slots that the moving pieces ride up and down in. Of course, this step is optional. The tiles could easily be placed by hand, and the cuts could be made with a hobby knife or similar woodworking tool.

Prior Reading

This tutorial assumes a basic familiarity with the Spectacle system. If you haven't yet, read the following tutorials for all the basic information you'll need to know to get this project going:

Spectacle User's Guide

The Spectacle system is designed to help those without electronics or programming experience integrate electronics into projects.

Spectacle Audio Board Hookup Guide

All the information you need to use the Spectacle Audio Board in one place.

Spectacle Button Board Hookup Guide

All the information you need to use the Spectacle Button Board in one place.

Spectacle Motion Board Hookup Guide

All the information you need to use the Spectacle Motion Kit in one place.