Sons of the Patriots System – Metal Gear Solid inspired Nerf & Raspberry Pi Project

Metal Gear?!

Key Goals:

  1. Make a Nerf Blaster than can only be fired by users with an authorised fingerprint
  2. Be able to get sensor data on the user and environment
  3. Be able to remotely administer the system

I’ve had the idea now for some time to make a Metal Gear Solid 4 inspired project based on the SOP System that’s in the game – so when Digitspace asked me if I had any project ideas I told them about it and they were happy to sponsor the project and give me the parts! So thanks to them for enabling me to make this project!

So, in a nutshell the SOP System in game is a system than controls all military hardware and ensures that unauthorised users can’t utilise tools if they aren’t registered on the system.

For further explanation check out the in game cut-scene with extra details:

So with the project plan and parts from Digitspace I constructed the hardware around a Nerf Blaster and got to work!

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Doom Eternal on Gameboy Color

But not really.

So of course it’s not really a GBC playing Doom Eternal it’s my Gameboy Raspberry Pi that I made way back in 2017 using Moonlight to stream from my gaming PC to the Raspberry Pi within the GBC shell.

With the release of the (awesome) Doom Eternal I thought it was time to try and play this on that same hardware for a bit of fun.

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Mind Patterning – Phase 1

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:

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Key Goals:

  1. Read brainwave data.
  2. Use TensorFlow to train a model on brainwave data to determine a relaxed or a non-relaxed mindset.
  3. Use information gathered from this as a jumping off point to see what else can be read from the mind.

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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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