Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Prop Is a Homage to Die Hard


Die Hard isn’t a movie that receives a lot of cosplay or prop building love so this project from Robert Wallhead came as a bit of a surprise. Powered by the Raspberry Pi Pico, this RFID card reader is housed in an almost screen accurate prop.

Essentially the prop is an RFID card reader, an RFID-RC522, connected to the Raspberry Pi Pico’s SPI and I2C GPIO interfaces. The act of scanning an RFID card triggers the MicroPython powered code to control a strip of NeoPixels (WS2812 RGB LEDs) that illuminate an “open” sign. This is a simple, yet practical prop that harks back to the 1980s aesthetic.



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