At some point, a child will inevitably dream of being a superhero. Not all children get the chance to see that dream made manifest, but a few take that destiny into their own hands. Redditor [Lord_of_Bone] — seizing at that goal — has built himself an Iron Man mask with an integrated HUD!
Relying on a conceptually similar project he’d previously built, much of the code was rehashed for this ‘Mark II’ version. Pieces of a smartphone holo pyramid act as projection surfaces — using a lens to focus the image to be viewed at such close distances — and a pair of OLED screens displaying the information. It’s a happy bonus that the lack of backlight results in only the text showing in the user’s field of view.
Instead of speaking with J.A.R.V.I.S., [Lord_of_Bone] is using a Raspberry Pi Zero W as the mask’s brain. Working past some I2C troubles between the OLED screens and an Enviro pHat required a whipped-up veroboard and a bit of hardware hacking. Cramming everything into the mask was no easy task — using Blutack and Sugru to bind them in the limited space — but the pHat had to be surface-mounted in the open anyways for atmospheric and light data.
Right now, the mask displays RGB light values and levels, temperature, pressure, x-y-z velocities, and degrees to north. Future plans include adding a brighter OLED, as high light levels wash out the display, and more data types — like WiFi information, or his combination range finder and ammo counter.
12 thoughts on “Iron Man Mask With A HUD!”
Boo,hoo… Tony built that in a CAVE.. with a box of SCRAP!!
(Joking aside, good job ;)
I generally read something like this when I think of interfaces like that.
This guy has way too much time on his hands. But now I can never watch Iron Man again
our human eye needs atleast 15 to 20 cm to focus. In this case the image will be blurred. I have tried this during my college time.
That’s why he uses lenses meant for VR headsets, to make focus farther than where the screens are.
That’s why lenses are used to focus the image at infinity, just like the eyepiece lenses in a Viewmaster or set of VR goggles.
This way the whole thing can be much shorter and the user is able to see both the display and the outside world at the same time.
Using a lens will not really Augment the real world image with the display.
Speak for yourself. Not all of us “dream of being a ‘superhero’ “. There are among us, those that aspire to be a “super villain”. Being evil is much more rewarding. The purity of hatred against the human filth that pollutes this world is second only to the desire to destroy those that stand in the way of the new dark realm.
Not to mention the fact that the villain gets all the cool technology, and the ability to work from home.
Villains get the best lines in movies.
I have done same thing in 4 years ago.
see below video.
2014 04 29 IronManHUD
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