Community News: Have a Funya-Funya Halloween

By Adam Skobodzinski

Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome creations from inventors like you. This week’s edition features Halloween inventions and a Makey Makey game controller from Tokyo.

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Toshiki Asakawa, leader of the Digital Hike chapter in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, designed the flexible “Funya-Funya” controller.  He used Scratch,the easy programming language, to create a simple game that can be controlled with a the spacebar and left and right arrows on a computer.  Next he designed a controller with four touch pads made from conductive ink.  Using four alligator clips, he connected the touch pads to the Makey Makey Bit and a circuit of Bits that move, light up and make noise.  The result is a fun game controller with lots of feedback for the user.  Toshiki suggests it could even be used as a wearable.  Check it out:

Spooktacular Inventions:

Calling all zombies, witches, phantoms, and mad scientists!  The last day to enter the Hack Halloween challenge is November 1.  Use your Bits to invent a costume or prank, then create a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. You can win up to $200 in Bits.  Here are three spooktacular movies to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Spooky spider and the possessed pumpkin by dq.  “This is a #HackHalloween special that includes a remotely controlled spider that blinks and buzzes and a possessed pumpkin with a motion activated scream machine to scare trick or treaters.”

Stranger Bits by the BariBits chapter.  “Beach house at night. If lights turn purple, run! Demogorgon is coming.”

ATTACK OF THE KILLER ROBOT by Jackson and Spenser.  “A crazed scientist creates a dangerous robot that tries to rule the world. A lone kid and his littleBits are all that stands between the runaway robot and the world. Will the human race survive?”


Brimming with ideas for Halloween?  Take the challenge.


See you next week, Bitsters.  Same bat-time, same bat-channel.  🙂

Jude Brisson

online community manager


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