Dad of two Jeff Highsmith built a mission control desk and spaceship for his two sons. There are LED lights, real switches and inputs that trigger sound effects and flashing, and even a bass shaker in the floor so you can feel the rocket taking off.Come on.
Make: magazine describes how the different sequences of lights and sound effects are coordinated by Arduino boards and a Raspberry Pi, and Highsmith wired the whole thing so it’s adjustable and expandable in case he wants to add other features later. There’s even an iPhone mount in the spaceship that plays real NASA footage and could be used to extend the ship’s features in the future.
Read more at Slate.