Tag: mona lisa
We were recently able to get some work done figuring out the Zilog ePIR sensor and learning more about the hardware and software challenges of the Mona Lisa following eye EL project.
In our a breadboard setup, all we needed was our Arduino Barebones Board , the Zilog sensor and a necessary resistor. As far as wiring goes, this was a pretty basic build.
There are two ways to interact with the sensor. The Hardware Interface Mode gives a very direct connection to the sensors and doesn’t use the single board computer (SBC) to do any special analysis. All tuning parameters are set by input voltages.
It’s here! The Zilog sensor is a fully functional motion-detecting single-board computer. It’s super small and somewhat low-profile. It has right-angle headers that won’t work well on a wearable project. For now, let’s focus on the art installation. We’re teaming up with a group of artists and maker friends to put this on canvas. Check back frequently for more updates.
It’s R&D/design time!
They say that the Mona Lisa’s eyes fix on the observer at any angle as if by magic. Like the famous da Vinci eyes, the desire to make this into a wearable piece has followed us obsessively for a year now. We want to reproduce this magic using El panels, sensors and Arduino.
The ultimate plan is to have a shirt with motion detection input, an EL-panel array output and a kickass design that will use motion detection software to trigger the EL eyes to point in the direction of the last movement.
While we’re still a bit down on Sparkfun after getting stiffed on free day, they made a comeback in our hearts with this Zilog PIR (passive infrared – if you forgot) sensor with onboard processing chip.
This onboard chip has a serial interface that sends, amongst other things, direction data of the object being tracked. We’re still looking at the datasheets but it looks like this 5/8″ x 1″ sensor will provide the size and functionality we need to make this design work as a wearable piece.