A Mannequin Head + Arduino + Webcam = Lots of Creepy Fun!

styrofoam head robot

This mannequin head was purchased years ago on sale for less than $3. As with many things one sees while shopping, it didn’t have a purpose at the time, but seemed like it would be useful later. Add in an Arduino, some servos, and electronics parts that were acquire in a similar manner, and you have all the ingredients needed for a cool hack.

The build is well documented in the video after the break, and we especially like at 2:24 when who we suppose is the mom says “Look at this mess!” Apparently the next iteration will be a robot to clean everything up!

This iteration is quite impressive though, as it uses a webcam to track objects using a servomotor and lists the code used. For a view of it tracking stuff along with a view of the PC, fast forward to around 8:45. In addition to tracking the parts using the servo, the non-webcam eye changes color from green to yellow depending on if it’s tracking or not. It also featured a blinking necklace, which is also a plus in our eyes.

For more random head-like creepiness, be sure to check out [Boxie the Creepster]!

Comments

  1. Dingdong says:

    I think it’s the wife that says: “Look at this mess”, not the mother.

  2. Tweeks says:

    Sorry.. but I looked over the page.. and didn’t see how/what you were using for video processing, object and motion detection. Was it separate from the arduino?

    Tweeks

    • john says:

      Hi, the processing software is Roborealm which is a great little software package. Still haven’t decided whether to stick with that solution or use OpenCV with a .net wrapper. Our home automation and security software is all written with vb.net so it would be nice to be able to integrate the head directly. But Roborealm is still a great package for quickly bring a robot to life – highly recommended.

  3. Smartypantz says:

    You know foam cutting is 1000% easier with a heated wire or utility blade. using a saw & drill makes a horrendous mess and can crack your foam.

  4. Tweeks says:

    I think that the camera tracking could be done (on the PC side) my using Linux w/the motion program.

    Not sure about object recognition though.

    Tweeks

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