What and Why
I’ve always been fascinating by the idea of moving ones mind to a robot to live forever as a machine so I thought what better time to start the seeds of this with a nice bit of Raspberry Pi work with TensorFlow and a Muse brainwave reading Headset – starting off simple and working my way up:
- Read brainwave data.
- Use TensorFlow to train a model on brainwave data to determine a relaxed or a non-relaxed mindset.
- Use information gathered from this as a jumping off point to see what else can be read from the mind.
I find your lack of faith disturbing.
A couple of years ago I made an Arduino Lightsaber that could have custom colours applied to it with a colour sensor, it was a messy build and the colours weren’t so great and since then I’ve been thinking of ways I could improve; with the release of Episode IX just recently I thought it was the perfect time to make another one!
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!
- Make an aesthetically pleasing Arc Reactor from Iron Man 2
- Make it wearable
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.
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.
It’s storing energy from the earth’s core!
- Make aesthetically accurate EDITH Glasses from Far From Home/IW.
- Make it display to the users eye and have speech rec capability.
- Have it do some cool things.
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.
- To make a bot that can respond to human input, learn and return more organic responses over time.
- To be able to be trained from large text files such as scripts for movies and transcripts of conversations.
- Have it able to be integrated easily into other projects.
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…
- Improve upon The Raspbinator and fix bugs.
- Use more advanced technology for image recognition and learning.
- Improve the aesthetics.
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!
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.
- Make an LED ‘potion’ that lights up.
- Make it fully adjustable throughout 3 channels of colour.
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…
- Have a wearable Infinity Gauntlet that lights up as in the film.
- Interface it with my Artificial Life project.