Automate your props with the ATmega2560 based Hauntbox

With All Hallows’ Eve just a few days away, what better time to take a closer look at the Atmel powered Hauntbox?

In essence, the Hauntbox is a prop controller that is both browser-configured and open-source, thereby allowing Makers to easily automate inputs and outputs without the need for complex programming.

“It is a system of parts. Sensors and outputs plug into your Hauntbox and it plugs into your network. You tell it what do by using your browser on your computer, iPad or smartphone on your home network with our simple visual interface,” the Hauntbox crew explained during its Kickstarter campaign last year. “The Hauntbox supports up to 6 inputs and 6 outputs. You can name them, set what voltage they run on and their minimum retrigger time.”

Aside from its onboard ATmega2560 MCU, key Hauntbox specs include:

  • 256 KB of flash
  • 8 KB SRAM (~4.8 KB free with firmware)
  • 4 KB EEPROM
  • 7-12V input voltage
  • 5/12/24V output options depending on power supply
  • Supplies up to 300mA per output (open collector)
  • W5100 Ethernet controller (works seamlessly with official Arduino libraries)
  • microSD card slot
  • FTDI header pins for firmware hacking/updating
  • Easy to use screw terminals accepting up to 18 gauge wire
  • Unused header pins for easy expansion via Arduino shields or proto-boards
  • LEDs indicating I/O status
  • Motion sensor (additional/optional)
  • Audio module (additional/optional)

Other than helping create some of the best Halloween props in town, the versatile Hauntbox can be used to power a number of different projects including:

  • Any 120V AC device up to 15A via a PowerTail
  • Relays (allowing much higher power items such as pumps, wiper motors, etc)
  • Sound effects
  • Solenoids
  • LEDs
  • Lighting
  • Strobes
  • Black lights
  • Air blasters
  • Linear actuators

Interested in learning more about the Atmel based Hauntbox? You can check out its already-funded Kickstarter page or head on over to its official website here. Warning: It looks like the company has sold out of its latest batch of devices.

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