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Iron Man Helmet

Building a wearable, functional Iron Man Helmet

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"It's one thing to question the official story, and another thing entirely to make wild accusations, or insinuate that I'm a superhero....
The truth is, I am Iron Man!"

Iron Man is cool, everybody knows it (providing you kind of look past that whole PTSD thing he had going on for a while) and who wouldn't want their own fully functioning Iron Man suit?

So the initial plan was to build a kick-ass helmet with light-up eyes and a motorised face plate.
With that part complete, I can't stop there, so I've decided to also fit the inside of the eyes with actual screens showing me a video feed of the outside world with a cool OSD. This is what I'm working on at the moment, and am also looking into the potential of mind control for the mask lifting and lowering (This isn't as crazy as it seems).

As it stands, this is a wearable Iron Man helmet with wired remote control (connected via a USB connector for easy removal when leaving the helmet on display) what has light up eyes and motorised face plate.

The helmet shell itself is a slightly modified model from Thingiverse, the LED eyes are inspired by another persons project but the motor setup, hinge design, remote control and arduino code is all my own.

The helmet is powered by a simple USB portable lipstick charger that clips into a mount on the inside of the helmet (As the features of the helmet and suit grow, this will eventually be replaced).

I will be adding full build details to this over the next week or so...

  • 1 × Arduino Nano Micro controller
  • 20 × Square LED Fiber Optics / Emitters (10 for each eye)
  • 1 × MG995 Servo For mask operation
  • 1 × Red LED For power indicator
  • 2 × SPDT Switches For controlling helmet and eyes

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  • Eye Displays V1.0

    Airborne Tech02/22/2017 at 23:49 0 comments

    V1.0 of the displays for the inside of the helmet eyes is in progress.

    For this initial project I'm modifying a MyVu display headset for my needs.

    The headset goes back to when the concept of wearable screens was relatively new in the consumer world but it has the advantage of offering an almost augmented reality experience, with a partially transparent display, and most importantly, is very compact.

    By default, the device receives signal from an iPod which then feeds through a control board and is then fed to the headset. I have got rid of the horrific apple connectors and will be feeding a standard AV signal directly into the screens. The control panel by default also contains a 3.7v 1 cell battery but the screen will be powered via the same source as the rest of the helmet so that can go too.

    I have removed the vast majority of unnecessary framework so far and have got it running with a straight AV signal through the control board. The next step is to see if I can bypass this board all together as I don't actually require any of the control features.

    The feed to the eye pieces will be from a small camera discreetly fitted in the black "mouth" part of the front of the mask which will feed into a Pi Zero to overlay a practical HUD before spitting out the AV signal.

    I'm hoping to have a running version of this within a week or so. Ultimately however, I will be replacing this with more dedicated eye screens which will provide a much more enjoyable user experience.

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