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Part 1 of this article covers the basic parts list, code, and assembly. Now that the Enchanted Rose Prop is nearing completion, I wanted to cover a few final details. Here’s a video of the app and prop in its current form: Aesthetic Touchup Some paint and floral tape was used to give the stem a little more rose-like appearance. Still in progress, but you get the idea. Ring Lights The ring lights are a…

My daughter is in Beauty and the Beast this spring. So I thought it’d be a good opportunity to test my Internet of Things (IoT) skills using Arduino, Bluetooth and iOS, and build a remote-controlled Enchanted Rose prop which has variable-color lighting and can drop petals on cue. So I contacted the director, volunteered to make the prop, and she was all for it. A variant on this would be to use, say, a Raspberry Pi…