Current projects I’m working on:
BB-8 Animatronic Robot
If you’re not familiar with BB-8, he is the new soccer ball-like robot from the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. As soon as I saw them roll a fully-functioning BB-8 on stage at Star Wars Celebration this past April I knew I had to build one for myself. I joined the R2-D2 Builders Club at astromech.net and began the journey of building my first Star Wars robot. My goal is to match the functionality of the droid that was rolled out on stage and to complete the robot before the movie comes out in December. This is an exciting project because so little is known about the actual BB-8 that was designed by the pros. There are many people attempting to build this robot right now and we are each using very different methods and materials.
Here’s a clip showing BB-8 rolling out on stage if you haven’t seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_K10fX9DSY
Stereoscopic Camera Gimbal
Stereoscopic GimbalThis is a 3-axis camera gimbal I’m been working on that is controlled via an Oculus Rift. The gimbal tracking follows the Rift’s head tracking, and sends the stereoscopic video feed to the head-mounted display in real-time. The cameras used are each a PiNoir paired with a Raspberry Pi. The gimbal servos are controlled via PMW channels on a PIC32 processor. The PC software I’m working on captures the dual video feeds and applies barrel distortion before combining them into a single video feed for the Oculus. It also sends the orientation data to the PIC32.
18″ x 15″ Aluminum 3D Printer
Iron Man Arc Reactor
I built a Bluetooth-controlled lighting system then I 3D printed a wearable Arc Reactor for it! This gives me full color and intensity control of the prop. I can also select from 3 different animation styles. There is even a boot-up and shut-down animation sequence. See more pictures HERE.