The Internet has become a pretty good mask to portray yourself as anything you want. This includes hiding your true emotions when posting facebook statuses, IMing someone, or sending emails (like telling you're boss they are awesome when they are really a jerk). But what about talking to someone in real life? How do you hide yourself then? That's where the Emoticon Helmet comes in. The person that you're talking to will never know how disgusted your face looks when you see their dress if you always show a happy face! Or how you're happy that you mean ol uncle died and you're smiling the entire time, but everyone else sees a frown.
This project was one that I've always wanted to do, but I never found the time to. But when the time rolled around for our final project in my Engineering 101 class, I suddenly found an excuse to make this ridiculous contraption. I first got the idea for this a while ago from the Mask of Emotion
, but I couldn't actually find where to buy it. So why not do the next best thing and make one myself? It was a team project, so I did half of the work while my teammate did the other half. That's also why some of these pictures aren't the best quality, because he tried sending me the pictures, but there was a miscommunication, so I just pulled them off of a video he made over it.
The helmet has 12 faces total: happy, sad, neutral, mad, surprised, tired, confused, disgruntled, disgusted, elated, worried, and creepy. It is done with a set of 22 LEDs, 6 for each eye and 10 for the mouth. It is set up as a multiplex matrix and hooked up to an Arduino in the back of the helmet, which is powered by four AA batteries. The user can switch between the faces with 2 buttons on a controller in the user's hand.