Any good mad scientist knows they always need to be working on a side project! Below are some of my current projects and favorite past projects. Check back as I often improve on past project.
Banner image is of a laser cut tunnel book for Dracula with Arduino-controlled LED effects, more images coming soon!
A magic mirror is a technology first developed during the Tang dynasty! It's an illusion where a mirror becomes transparent by backlighting it. I wanted to do some tests of a magic mirror using an iPad as the test device for the backlighting. I found an antique mirror around my house, removed the metal coatings and re-mounted it behind the mirror. Master Gracey making an appearance for the test.
Here's an interesting issue I ran into – Because the iPad comes in direct contact with the mirrored surface layers (copper and silver nitrate), the iPad would think it was being tapped by a finger and kept pausing the video. Putting a barrier between the screen and mirror solved that.
Testing the intuitiveness of interactions in the prototype phase. Device uses a transparent screen, Xbox Kinect, HD camera to create the experience.
Playing with hololens
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DR. DEMENTO GOGGLES
Starting from real welding googles, I built a set of arduino-powered "electronic googley eyes." With the attached accelerometer, it detects the movement of your head. Shake it around and the LEDs will create the effect of googley eyes. Turn your whole body and the LEDs will change colors depending on what cardinal direction you are facing. The LEDs used are Neopixels, I highly suggest them!
The googles have been painted to acheive a weathered/used appearance an a handmade leather strap was built to top off the look (video and additional images on my site show the first version).
DIY AIRCRAFT WIND GENERATOR
Owning an antique aircraft without an electrical system is tricky when flying long distances and needing power for an iPad and phone. To solve that problem, I built a temporary wingstrut-mounted wind generator to charge my mobile devices. I started this project in 2014 and am currently developing a 3D printed prototype for version 2.0.
Regular Jack-O-Lanterns aren't dangerous enough for my house on Halloween. To solve that problem, I took a Glade automatic scent sprayer and wired it to an Arduino Uno. An ultrasonic sensor detects when someone is 3ft–6ft away from the pumpkin and then triggers the sprayer which sprays over a candle and creates the large flame.
I tried to get Glade to sell this in stores, but they didn't reply to my emails - I'm not sure why...
MR. SKELTAL FLYING AN AIRPLANE
In October 2015, I purchased a life-size skeleton, recorded a video of it flying from seat in the plane and put it on youtube. It spread on Facebook, Flyingmag.com, and Reddit to receive over 200,000+ views combined.