Made with Magic controllers - Arduinos, part 2

basic componentsIn this second article about using Arduinos to control Made with Magic products, the focus turns to controlling individual targets. A single Arduino easily initializes up to 6 targets that subsequently can be addressed separately using Made with Magic codes. This allows Made with Magic items/hacks to each display lighting effects that best suit their natures. With a little work, it's possible to break out from having to put up with all items doing the same thing at the same time.

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Made with Magic controllers - Arduinos

Arduino Controller powering 18 IR LEDsArduino controllers for Made with Magic products have a number of advantages. They're inexpensive. It's possible to output a LOT of infra red signal from a single 5V Arduino. At the same time, they're easy to setup to selectively target individual Made with Magic items. The stored code runs automatically at startup making them ideally suited for use as automated MWM 'initializers'. Serious Made with Magic hackers will probably have at least one or another type of Arduino on hand and frequently put to use. Great devices.

Read the article for more information on selecting and setting up an Arduino to control your Made with Magic products.

Rivers of Light Totem Wand - v 1.1

Totem wand components

This is a tear down of the Rivers of Light Totem Wand, the most recently released Made with Magic product. The Totem wand is intended to complement the Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom but will work any where Made with Magic is supported.

It's also a Made with Magic controller, just like the Sorcerer's Wand and Magic Paintbrush.

Magic Paintbrush - GlowBrush v1.3

Paintbrush The Magic Paintbrush is associated with the Paint the Night Parade. If you're lucky enough to be near a park featuring that parade, you may be able to get your hands on one of these little beauties.

Like it's cousin, the Magic Wand, it's intended to function as a controller of other Made With Magic products. In that regard, it functions like the Magic Wand. However, it's unique in that it's the only current Made With Magic product with audio capabilities.

In this article, a tear down reveals the audio subsystem and describes how it functions.

Sorcerer Mickey's Magic Wand -GlowWand v1.2

Magic WandThe Sorcerer Mickey's Magic Wand was released in October of 2014 along with two other new Made With Magic products. 

This item and the Paintbrush are the only two Made With Magic products sold by Disney that act as controllers of the other products.

Presented here is a tear down of version 1.2 of the "GlowWand", along with details of the stored codes and links to some of the known hacks.