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Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Prop Is a Homage to Die Hard

Die Hard is not a movie that I like to cosplay or make props, Robert Wallhead’s project It was a bit of a surprise. Powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico, this RFID card reader is housed in an almost screen-accurate stanchion.

Basically, the prop is an RFID card reader, RFID-RC522, connected to the Raspberry Pi Pico’s SPI and I2C GPIO interfaces. Scanning the RFID card triggers MicroPython-powered code to control a series of NeoPixels (WS2812 RGB LEDs) that illuminate the “open” sign. This is a simple yet practical gadget that recalls the aesthetics of the 1980s.

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