Big Head costume would make Max Headroom jealous


[Dan Rosenfeld] does a lot of thinking in his spare time, and one thing he returns to pretty often is videoconferencing. He’s often wondered why it hasn’t caught on enough to become a ubiquitous piece of technology, and his examination of the topic in regards to eye contact and spatial awareness inspired him to create a very unique Halloween costume.

His “Big Head” costume consists of a front-mounted 24” LCD panel that displays the wearer’s face in real time. Inside the large headpiece [Dan] installed a microphone, another LCD screen, a half silvered mirror, and a video camera – not to mention all of the power-related goodies required to keep it running. While the main LCD displays his face, the internal monitor is fed by an externally mounted camera that shows him everything going on outside the box. This image is reflected off the half silvered mirror, allowing him to gaze directly at the camera, while also seeing what’s going on in front of him.

As you can see in the video below, the effect is pretty cool, and devoid of the ‘disconnected’ look most people have when talking to others via a camera and computer screen.

21 thoughts on “Big Head costume would make Max Headroom jealous

    1. Just what I was thinking, also mabye a globe shaped head, projector surface, ala Jack-in-the-Box guy, but still its a quart of awsome in a pint pot.

  1. Very cool but really cumbersome!! Could the monitor be exchange for some kind of optics for the outside displace… Idk just ideas. I love the concept though. Wanna see more!!

  2. The poor viewing angle of the display really ruins the effect, or at least, that’s the impression I got from the video. Perhaps it looks better in person.

  3. Is anyone else overcome by the instinctive urge to beat that thing with a shovel until it stops moving? (All in good fun of course)

  4. Don’t forget: You have to have the right face for this to work, some people have faces that would make this become too unsettling.

  5. Something to record the footage from the in-built webcam would have been cool, also side mount cameras and LCDs so people can see “straight through” your head / ears as it were.

  6. Fantastic idea, good implementation, minor flaws. If he’d used a small projector onto a screen, he wouldn’t have those viewing angle artifacts, and the weight of the gear wouldn’t be so far out in front of him.

    Personally, I couldn’t conceive of such a getup without trying to make it into The One Electronic.

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