My son loved his Iron Man Suit for Halloween! I added some cool tech! Here’s a video:
- Repulsor Air – Blows air with CO2 air pump on hip and hose back to his hand.
- Repulsor Missile – Using CO2 air pump can also launch a paper missile.
- Repulsor Sensor/Light - A magnetic switch sensor lights his repulsor hand light and fades out and in his glowing eyes. Arduino handles this effect.
- Repulsor Sound Effect(s) – Originally not working. Worked around problem by using right-mouse, middle-mouse button and configured Elightenment17 to playback sound effects using Mplayer script. Mouse buttons activated by Arduino Digital output triggered by sensors.
- Arc Reactor – A LED night light from Costco embedded in his chest.
- BeagleBoard: Powerful Computer – With BeagleBoard already running in JARVUS box on my son’s back need to add other features. Possibilities: Web cam, mobile router with hotspot and a head-mounted display, VoIP, streaming video of Iron Man view.
- Arduino: Super Input/Output Board - Handles repulsor effects but can add other sensors to enable even cooler special effects!!
Also, entered suit in Instructables Halloween Contest [here].
We need lots of good luck!
PS: The backside has a JARVUS box with this block diagram.
Originally, unable to activate sound because of missing software link between linux and Arduino serial port. Worked around the problem by using a PS2 mouse embedded into JARVUS. When Arduino has the repulsor sensor activated, Arduino automatically closes the middle-mouse button. The middle-mouse button is then heard by the BeagleBoard Enlightenment17 mouse binding and plays back the repulsor sound.