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Atltvhead is a mashup of interactive art and wearable technology with a message of positivity and encouragement to let your oddities shine!

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Atltvhead is one of the first public performance art pieces, centered around wearable technology, that connects the global scale of internet chat to the local people walking in the city of Atlanta.

Let's make technology that helps us connect with others.

Atltvhead Is built from an 1960's RCA Victor Portable Television. I picked it up a little north of Atlanta, Georgia. I thought about trying to refurbish the television guts, which were not working, but ended up with this instead.


As the name implies, you can wear it on your head and see out of it. I walk around the city as a performance art piece, giving away stickers, streaming on Twitch, and interacting with other locals. I like to spread smiles and genuine positive experience. I do not approach people who do not engage with me first. So if you are in Atlanta and see me, say hey!

The build is currently on it's third iteration taking advantage of the ESP 8266 wifi capabilities, my cellphones hotspot mode, Twitch's IRC interface, and FastLED's library. 

You can control the Tvhead while I walk! The tvhead has a function twitch chat bot residing within it. The bot gives people virtual hugs, words of positivity, will take submissions for community goals, and controls aspects of tvheads screen.  See below for chat commands and what parts of the screen change.


This make's Atltvhead one of the first public performance art pieces, centered around wearable technology, that connects the global scale of internet chat to the local people walking in the city of Atlanta.

Tvhead's 2nd build iteration is below.

Playing some tunes while some chat plays my face!  Skip to around 1:40 to see how people manipulate and drastically change the face!

Diffusion Square.step

Diffuser Design for the SK2812 (clones of ws2812b) LED strip at 144 leds/m

step - 60.03 kB - 02/06/2019 at 02:14

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LED Release v1.step

Diffuser Design for the SK2812 (clones of ws2812b) LED strip at 144 leds/m

step - 27.84 kB - 02/06/2019 at 02:02

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HFGlove - Copy.ino

Updated with active sensitivity adjust

ino - 12.59 kB - 10/07/2018 at 04:11

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Atltvhead_2.2 - Copy.ino

Updated with Tvglove actives

- 22.60 kB - 10/07/2018 at 04:09

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Wrist Enclosure 1.STEP

Enclosure for the High Five Glove

step - 334.75 kB - 09/29/2018 at 03:49

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  • 1 × ESP 8266 Micro on deck
  • 2 × WS2812 Strip per meter of addressable led
  • 1 × Biking Glove or custom if you like
  • 1 × WristBand for the High Five Glove
  • 1 × 3D printer/printing service petg printed out parts for the high five glove

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  • More Beltline Logs!

    nate.damen4 days ago 0 comments


  • More Weekly Highlights

    nate.damen05/17/2019 at 01:44 0 comments

    I am working to put in tic-tac-toe as a play mode on tvhead! lets see it happen in the next few weeks. In the meantime here are some more highlights!

  • Here come some Week Summaries!

    nate.damen03/28/2019 at 01:26 0 comments


  • Another Inline Skating Beltline Session

    nate.damen03/10/2019 at 02:05 0 comments

  • Week 28!

    nate.damen03/06/2019 at 04:08 0 comments

  • Week 26 and 27 on the Beltline!

    nate.damen02/27/2019 at 23:45 0 comments


  • LED Diffusion Log

    nate.damen02/06/2019 at 02:25 0 comments

    Preface: Every LED strip is different and therefor require different diffuser designs.

    I also finally figured out some 3d printed diffusion tubes for leds. I used clear petg and printed it out on the Prusa Mk3. I used Fusion 360 model the diffuser.

    Led's are everywhere nowadays and the undiffused led is oh so commonplace. It's a matter of design consideration when looking at sign or object. This has led me to take a critical look at my own designs and see if the diode is adding to the overall feel of the piece or getting in the way of its communication. A diffuser gives you the control of LED strip with the color of neon tube. It makes images pop and really helps to communicate any messages any time of day!

    I've included a template (LED Release .step) file in the file section of this project. It is set up for a 7mm wide led strip at 144 leds/m.  Internal geometry is where the magic happens and its not always straight forward. This file has one internal bubble spanning it's length. The idea is to change, modify, add, and subtract what happens on the inside of the diffuser to tune it in for the led's you own. For example look at the Diffuser Square, It has two bubbles both of which are square! The light bounces around differently compared to the template file, see below!

    Template difusers
    You can still see the diodes, but it's somewhere to build from
    Square Internal Geometry
    The difference is between the template and more structure is very apparent.


    Keep exploring and having fun with 3d printed diffusers! Never settle for what is common place, unless you want to. Then it's okay. ;)

  • Week 25 and NEW SCREEN BUILD!!!!

    nate.damen02/05/2019 at 04:27 0 comments

    Here is a recap video from Super Bowl Weekend on the Atlanta Beltline!


    I also finally figured out some 3d printed diffusion tubes for leds. I used clear petg and printed it out on the Prusa Mk3. I used Fusion 360 model the diffuser.

    Led's are everywhere nowadays and the undiffused led is oh so commonplace. It's a matter of design consideration. for me when I look at sign or costume lit. This has led me to take a critical look at my own designs and see if the diode is adding to the overall feel of the piece or getting in the way of its communication.

    A diffuser gives you the control of LED strip with the color of neon tube. It makes images pop and really helps to communicate any messages any time of day!

  • Week 22 and Glove Modifications

    nate.damen01/19/2019 at 17:23 0 comments

    Here is a recap from the last stream! I included some content from Week 21 that didn't fit into that recap.

    After completing the snap portion of the glove, which now grants a random chat user an animation, I decided to add in lights.


    The reason lights are important on the glove is to help guide people to the high five and for them to understand that they are changing aspects of the tv/online. I was originally noticing that people didn't notice the tv animation when they high fived. The lights on the glove pulse the rainbow animation when they high five me, and is more in line with their eyes. We look at the hand we are going to high five, not the other person's face.

  • Week 21!

    nate.damen01/09/2019 at 02:36 0 comments

    I've been working on improving the high five gloves functionality! The chatbot also has all the backend  so that I  Can reward people in chat with their own animations!

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  • 1
    Measure your head

    Before anything can begin, you must know the rough dimensions of your noodle. That way you can find a television that will fit around your head.

    Mine was a size alright.

  • 2
    Find your Television

    I searched good ol' Ebay, Craigslist, but found mine on Etsy (surprisingly).

    Mine measured roughly, 14 in x 10 in x 9 in so it could fit just about anyone.

  • 3
    Gut your Television

    Mine opened up, from the bottom.

    The front of my television was also busted, so I had to make some supporting brackets.

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