Recreating The Intercom From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a pop culture classic, and remains one of the standout teen films of the era. Notably, titular character Ferris was somewhat of a hacker himself, with the movie showcasing several contraptions the teenager used to get out of a day of school. Among them was the intercom, which [Aaron] faithfully recreated with modern technology.

For those who haven’t seen the film, the intercom was hooked up to a cassette player to feign a believable response to anyone that visited the house while Ferris was away. Rather than do things the old fashioned way, [Aaron] built his replica using an ESP32 fitted with a sound chip instead. When visitors ring the intercom, it plays back sound clips from the movie, while also signalling another ESP microcontroller inside [Aaron]’s house to let him know he has visitors.

The build is a charming tribute to the classic film, and all the more fun for [Aaron’s] efforts to make it look the part as well, choosing to build it inside a period-correct intercom housing. To avoid confusion for those who haven’t seen the film, however, he’s been careful to place a sign up to clarify the intercom is not as it seems.

We’ve seen other movie replicas in the same vein before – like this great Star Trek build. Video after the break.

7 thoughts on “Recreating The Intercom From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  1. Ferris Bueller schemed. I’m not sure he’s an inventor. I’d think he’s more the type to talk someone who could do it into doing it for him.

    They use people the moment they realize they can get something, and the kids who do the work are just glad to be recognized.

  2. Great project ! Could have some hilarious applications….

    “signalling another ESP microcontroller inside [Aaron]’s house to let him know he has visitors.”

    Wait… Whoa…. He has visitors ???? You mean there are still people out there ? I thought the
    ” poc e clypse” (Mad Max) had ended all life…. 😄

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