Painting the background My most recent work involved painting the watercolor background. I have chosen Ampersand Aquabord for this in a 22x30" size, as it is firm and will allow me to drill holes for the fiber optics, as well as for mounting the glass in front and the electronics in back. It is a wonderful surface to use watercolor on as it keeps the colors vivid. My conundrum is that I need the background to be dark and unobtrusive, but not too dark, as the piece will ne ...
Hi, Today, I got progress on the software part of the project. I started searching for stylization / style transfer implementations and I found one that may be suitable for the Raspberry Pi. Image stylization / style transfer is a process the can be described as "extracting the style" from an image and "applying it" to a second image. An example would be to take a painting (ex take Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night) and apply to a photo (Stanford campus): (example from the n ...
Making the structure of the lantern I have been thinking a lot the structure of the lantern and some ways to hang lantern from the top or a stand to hold the lantern. But they all post some mechanical constrains to the rotation of the lantern. Instead, I finally decided to use a rotating light to emulate the sense of rotation. In this project I used some recycable materials like plastic drinking water bottle and some gift wrap paper. Below are some pictures of the ...
Art is often made to appeal to a specific set of viewers. This is the 7th blog in a series exploring the idea of using AI to recognize a viewer and adapt art to their age or interest. The intent is to encourage early art appreciation while being attractive to all household members. This week I have involved my grandchildren in making art on the Pi, or at least Pi related art. These three short visuals with musical accompaniment will be played when the child who created the a ...
The MDK in Practice
An Example of MDK use: Streaming the Pi Camera
The Eye Light: I Have the Problem but Also the Solution
Arming 7 of 9
Installing the Updates
Introduction In this episode, we will see how in practice I have set up the 7of9 MDK (the Mannequin Development Kit) and how I have used it to create the first beta upgrade of the project. It involved hardware ...
I have explored many examples of Open CV in Processing. This video focus is my daughter Katie who just graduated from the Alberta School of Design in web design. The Face Detection is a bit creepy and only captures the guy standing behind her . Next Step is to install Adafruit PiTFT to view the Sketches. Also need to know how to increase RAM on the Raspberry Pi 3+ to speed up processing. ...
Welcome to my 4th Blog of the POV Globe. The subject of this update isn't what I has planned on, it was to be about hooking up the motor and get the globe turning. Unfortunately the motor I have isn't powerful enough to get up to the speed I require. I will have to source out a stronger and faster motor for my next blog. This is just a very minor setback. So this blog is about how I am getting the power to the Raspberry Pi and the LED's. Like I said in my last blog, I was wanting to run ...
Well my first design for the window frame was a complete failure. Rather than looking like a window it looked awful. Rather than being able to use re-purposed plastic product I am going to have to use wood to get the natural look I want. On the bright side, I was listening to a radio article about a home for dementia patients that was being renovated to allow residents feel much more at home and more comfortable. One of the elements that they placed in a gentleman's room was painted cur ...
I started testing my own images and thought the results were cool. I'm next going to experiment with the camera and try Face Recognition (I will be using my daughter) , Object Tracking (probably the crows outside) and other examples. Computer vision is a scientific field that allows computers to have a high level of understanding from images or videos. The goal is to automate tasks that the human visual system can do. ColorChannels Separate a color im ...
I have been derelict in blogging about this project for a host of reasons, but hopefully I am now squared away enough to focus more on this project. I have been researching and planning and ordering parts and all that boring stuff, so there isn't anything too exciting to blog about just yet, but it is important to let everyone know the project is still alive. This project will use 3 Raspberry Pi 3B+'s and they have arrived so I can show them. As you probably know it takes quite a while to downlo ...
7 of 9 Beta
The Mannequin Development Kit (MDK)
Step 1 - Raspbian
Step 2 - VNC Server and Remote Access to the PI
Step 3 - PiFace Digital 2
Step 4 - Programming Arduino
Step 5 - Preparing to Move
7 of 9 Beta Features
The Emotion Lighting Control
Introduction Starting by the evening of the 5th of April, 7 of 9 has been moved to the exhibition location. This has changed the roles for a ...
Art is often made to appeal to a specific set of viewers. This is the 6th blog in a series exploring the idea of using AI to recognize a viewer and adapt art to their age or interest. The intent is to encourage early art appreciation while being attractive to all household members. The project was a mess of wires and breadboards so more work was done on enclosures and mounts this week. The 3D Printer has been Busy The cutout on the face was a bit ragged so a bezel ...
Fitting the Brain in Place
Designing the Rail Support
Assembling the Brain
What is the White Band Glued to the Neck?
The New Eye Implant
Introduction The last assembly effort was finding a way to fit the Raspberry and the PI camera together with the "ears" inside the reduced space of the head. Then, I can finally close and dress 7 of 9. In this episode, I will show how I have completed this last task before moving to ...
Once I was happy with all necessary the details in my project design, I started 3d-printing all the parts required to begin testing the assembly which overall is looking really good!. 3-D Print settings Below the settings used: Printer: Creality CR-10S -a big thanks to Element14 for this awesome price! Material: PLA Blue-denim Infill: 15%, triangles Adhesion: Brim Supports: No Layer height: 0.2mm Assembly and materials required It didn't make much sense to me to incorpora ...
Populating the Body Bottom
The Fire Light Lamp
The Third Power supply and High Voltage Wiring
Finishing the Back Spine Implant (External Wiring)
Introduction Everything is easy when the test boards are wired on the bench but I should admit that finding the way to fit everything inside the body of the mannequin – the bottom torso area – was a challenging task, as well as assembling the internal of the head. ...