Wearable MK IV Arc Reactor

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With the recent mix-ups between Sony and Disney about Spider-Man and hopefully the resolution, I thought it was a good time to make an Arc Reactor Project; I had the Mark IV chassis 3D printed thanks to Shapeways and I used this design off of Thingiverse, which was made by Thingiverse User: andi1024.

Then got to work!

Key Goals:

  1. Make an aesthetically pleasing Arc Reactor from Iron Man 2
  2. Make it wearable

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Seeed Studio – ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan for Raspberry Pi 4

Summer Meltdown

It’s that time of year again where things are too hot for computers running heavy loads – you can try Oil-Cooling or you can even try Putting your Raspberry Pi in a freezer but sometimes you just need a good old fashioned heat sink and fan.

Usually Raspberry Pi’s are cooled with little heat sinks such as these and this whereas desktop PC’s (particularly higher end rigs) have more of these  kinds of heat sink/fans to cool them.

Seeed Studio contacted me and offered to send me their new product; the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan for Raspberry Pi 4 for review. I said yes and they sent me it in record time. So a massive thanks to them!

This is essentially a miniaturised version of the type of heat sink linked above; with the significantly more powerful Raspberry Pi 4 the heat output is increased quite a bit, so it is now necessary to use such a device to really keep the temps down.

So let’s take a look at this part in terms of assembly, aesthetics and most importantly – temperature.

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E.D.I.T.H. Glasses

If you haven’t seen Avengers Endgame or Spider-Man Far From Home – You don’t want any part of this!

 

 

Final warning – possible spoilers ahoy!

 

 

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

So in Far From Home Peter gets the torch passed onto him from Stark via some super AR glasses that allow him to see real time data and call in all sorts of super Stark Industries gear.
As soon as I saw these in the film I knew I needed to do a project on them so as soon as possible I got my hands on the glasses from eBay and got to work on plans and parts.

Lets go.

It’s storing energy from the earth’s core!

  1. Make aesthetically accurate EDITH Glasses from Far From Home/IW.
  2. Make it display to the users eye and have speech rec capability.
  3. Have it do some cool things.

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Chatbot 8

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Time to talk.

I thought I should give this it’s own specific post – this is the chatbot that I’ve used in my Raspbinator and Nvidinator projects. The GitHub linked below will be updated over time as I make improvements to it.

I’ve decided on the name Chatbot 8 – as before I used GitHub I had it on my Google Drive and each iteration I increased the number; the first one I was happy to use in the Raspbinator was iteration 8 and now, the name has kind of stuck.

Key Goals:

  1. To make a bot that can respond to human input, learn and return more organic responses over time.
  2. To be able to be trained from large text files such as scripts for movies and transcripts of conversations.
  3. Have it able to be integrated easily into other projects.

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The Nvidianator

Skynet fights back.

In January 2018 I finished a project I had been working on for quite some time – The Raspbinator; I was very happy with it and it got some good attention. But there were some bugs and limitations to it and I already ideas for the next one.

Early in 2019 the Nvidia Jetson Nano was released and it had great capability for running machine learning; I thought this would be perfect for the next version of my project and a great opportunity to get into ML/Neural Nets.

Also, with Terminator: Dark Fate coming out this year – what better time!

So I pre-ordered the Jetson Nano, it was delivered on release and after many months of working and learning; The Nvidianator is finally ready.

Lets dive in to the build and code…

Mission Parameters:

  1. Improve upon The Raspbinator and fix bugs.
  2. Use more advanced technology for image recognition and learning.
  3. Improve the aesthetics.

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Freezing a Raspberry Pi 4

Why??

First off do not try this at home – it may damage your Pi or cause things in your freezer to thaw if the door is left ajar in anyway. This is a joke experiment, do not replicate! I take no responsibility for damaged Pi’s.

Anyway – it’s summer time at the moment and I just got my new Raspberry Pi through with a case from Pimoroni – and it looks so nice:

 

 

But even with the big new heat sink on it still gets pretty toasty – especially around summertime.

Last year I did an experiment with using cooking oil to cool a Pi – while not exactly practical it certainly did the job in cooling the Pi down a good 22 degrees or so compared to passive air while running Quake 3.

So this year I thought about how I could one up myself with an even more ridiculous experiment – putting the Pi in a freezer!

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RGB Potion

Why.

First up thanks to DFRobot for sending me the parts for this!

So I was thinking about potions and stuff in games and the varied colours of them, red for health, blue for magic and green for stamina usually.

I thought it would be awesome to make a light up one – with fully customisable 255/255/255 RGB colour customisation with a rotary encoder – so I suggested the idea to DFRobot and they kindly agreed to send me some parts.

I also had a maple syrup jar laying around that I thought would look great lit up.

Key Goals:

  1. Make an LED ‘potion’ that lights up.
  2. Make it fully adjustable throughout 3 channels of colour.

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Infinity Gauntlet

Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe.

First up I’d suggest that if you haven’t seen Infinity War or Endgame yet then stop reading here and go watch them; there are no real spoilers but there are definitely references to the movies in this article.

Anyway – I saw Endgame the other day and just, oh wow.

I thought I should definitely do an Infinity Gauntlet project – and then it came to me, I can combine it with my Artificial Life Project and have it light up and stuff but also wipe out 50% of the life in the project, perfect synchronicity – is that a word? Google says it is.

So I got on with planning…

Key Goals:

  1. Have a wearable Infinity Gauntlet that lights up as in the film.
  2. Interface it with my Artificial Life project.

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The Hackster Badge

Beware flashing images in the video below:

The Idea

First up thanks to Elegoo for sending me one of their Diffused and Clear Assorted LED packs!

I’ve been using the site Hackster for just over 2 years now, my first project uploaded to there was my Windows 98 Wrist Watch, I’ve also had some help from Elegoo recently with my Scorpion Robot Project.

I asked Elegoo for the above LED kit to make something with and review and I thought I could make a Hackster Badge with their logo on, as a thank you to them for spreading word about my projects as well as give Elegoo more attention to their awesome products!

For reference, the Hackster logo looks like this:

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Key Goals:

  1. Make a wearable with the Hackster logo.
  2. Make it flash cool patterns.

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ASMD Shock Rifle

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First off thanks to DFRobot for the parts for this project!

I love Unreal Tournament (UT) and I definitely love the ASMD Shock Rifle in the games weapon roster – so I thought why not make one?

Also because the new UT is now no longer in development (EPIC, please please please resume this), I needed something to sate my need for UT.

From the above link – it’s basically a plasma rifle that fires purple beams, with a secondary fire of a purple orb that can also be shot with a beam to make a tertiary attack.

After some experience with SimplePlastics in my Arduino Lightsaber project I was sold on the idea of them – although I realised that instead of a tube I should have used a solid rod for the project in order to propagate the light more – I realised this plastic would also be perfect for creating a real life Shock Rifle!

So I pitched the idea to DFRobot and they agreed and then I ordered the plastics from SimplyPlastics and got to work.

Key Goals:

  1. Make a real life ASMD Shock Rifle.
  2. Make sure it lights up and makes noise from the game (both firing modes) as well as a screen telling the user what mode is currently on.

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