Halloween hangover: talking heads

Here’s a Halloween prop leftover; [Chris] built his own version of singing heads from Disney’s Haunted Mansion on his porch for last year’s ghoulish decor. A projected image of actors singing a spooky song gives each of the four Styrofoam mannequin noggins its own digital life. There’s an optical sensor on the porch stairs that is tripped by unsuspecting candy-seekers. An Arduino monitors the sensor and uses AutoHotkey to start the video clip on a netbook. Check out the video after the break to see the finished display do its thing after dark.

17 thoughts on “Halloween hangover: talking heads

  1. What about the main rooms and ballroom in the haunted mansion? Don’t they use some kind of projected image onto a clear woven fabric or something? Now THAT would be COOL!!!

  2. @Robert Costume it was pretty low cost since I had/found most of the parts needed. If I had to total everything…

    Arduino UNO $30
    4x Styrofoam foam heads $40 (approx on ebay)
    Motion sensing switch $10-$15

    The rest I imagine you could scrape together:
    Laptop for video playback
    Projector
    Speakers or karaoke machine

    So I guess somewhere around $80 if you had to buy everything new.

    If you have any other questions I’d be happy to answer them. Shoot me an email at chris [at] thenewhobbyist.com

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