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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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  • 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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