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Sparky's Back !! Warning: some nudity and excessive violence in this blog

It's halloween and we decided to build an all-new Sparky for our party this year. For those of you who don't remember (i.e. everyone), Sparky is a life-size replica of a death row inmate about to get fried in an electric chair. Well, to be honest, he was an already-fried victim who got re-fried repeatedly over the course of the night. This time we swapped out the fleshy head and hands for a cleaner, more skeletal look and a new Department of Corrections jump suit. We thought it was quite fetching.

It's a bit of a process getting Sparky set up. He is basically garden sprinkler piping with foam to make him comfy to sit on. He also sports an anatomically correct skull and hand bones! Adding to that he has PSoC-powered LEDs in his eyes and nose (well, where his eyes and nose should be), a PSoC-triggered light in his skull (brain optional), and a really loud, vibrating motor in his chest.

So, here we have a scary-looking guy with big padded legs, just asking for tired party-goers to take a quick rest in his lap. And that's where the PSoC proximity-sensing comes in. Some users use our technology to detect a mouse's finger pointing at a screen, underwater, from a range of 100 yards. Not me. I detect bottoms. A wire, running up and down his legs creates a nice clean signal to the PSoC device for even the boniest of backsides. After a brief pause, to lull the victims into thinking they're safe, Sparky bursts into life, or rather death, with an exploding cranium, fire in his eyes, electric shocks running through his whole body and one very surprised guest!

Here is a link to Sparky doing his thing...www.cypress.com/ui/2_5/images/blogs/userfile/IMG_0106.MOV

PSoC - scaring the hell out of my guests since 2009!

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