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Noodle is a small device with the I/O of a machine but the thoughts and feelings of a human. You can program it to monitor your physical space and react to changes in the environment with words, images, sounds and decisions.

For example, you could program it to watch your front door, and anytime someone arrives, determine if they look friendly or scary, and either let them in or call for help.

This Instructable contains three main sections: setting up the Raspberry Pi, connecting all the electronics, and creating the enclosure. Depending on what tools and materials you have access to, and how closely you want to recreate Noodle, feel free to only follow the first one or two sections. Noodle’s “brain” will still function without a body, and without all the components, or even in a different body if you’re interested in creating a new enclosure!


List of materials

We had the opportunity of creating Noodle at the Autodesk Pier 9 workshop space, which has pretty much everything you could possibly need to develop something like Noodle. But because the development process lasted over the course of a month in multiple parts of the workshop, it’s difficult to document every single item that we used. Basically, you should be able to recreate Noodle with access to a decent makerspace workshop that has some spare hardware for working with computers, and tools for basic electronics hacking.

Here are some of the parts we used (most of them available from Adafruit):


We also used a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and the wireless connection at Pier 9. We had our laptops to work with most of the time. After setting everything up, you can unplug the keyboard, mouse, and screen from the Pi and manipulate it from your laptop. For some of the devices above, they also needed USB cables for power or connectivity. If you are planning on making the enclosure relatively small, be prepared to strip, break, and reconnect the USB cables. It might be good to have extra USB connectors if this is your first time.

For fabrication we used:

  • Soldering iron
  • Wire stripper
  • Wire cutter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Standard multimeter
  • Bench power supply
  • Epilog Legend 36EXT Laser Cutter
  • Objet Connex500 3d Printer

Step 1: Setting Up the Raspberry Pi

The very first step is to plug some peripherals into the Raspberry Pi and then set up all the software on the Pi. After that, we can tear apart the peripherals and figure out how to get them into the enclosure.

Start by plugging the keyboard, mouse, and external monitor into the Pi. The Pi might need to update itself, so instead of plugging in the wireless adapter, try plugging it into your network with an ethernet cable at this point.

If your SD card doesn’t already have a copy of NOOBS on it, make sure to follow the instructions here before turning on the Pi.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

Once you have an SD card with a copy of NOOBS, plug the SD card into the Pi and plug your 5V USB power adapter into the Pi to turn it on. For this project, we’ve selected to use the Raspbian OS. Select it from the NOOBS menu, and the commands will guide you through the rest of the installation process.

When you get to a blue screen that asks you to configure the options with which Raspbian is configured, there are two options you need to set: “ssh” should be enabled, and “camera” should be enabled.

After the installation process is complete, you’ll be greeted with a command line asking you to log in. Use the default username/password of pi/raspberry to log in. You might consider setting noodle to auto-login http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login  If you would like to use a GUI to navigate, type “startx”. But all of the following commands will work just fine from the text-only command line interface.

Another technique for editing and checking on the Pi files from another computer is to use the Pi as an external hard drive. If you follow these instructions.
http://www.openframeworks.cc/setup/raspberrypi/Raspberry-Pi-SMB.html

You can set up the Pi as a Samba server, and then edit and view files from your laptop.

Some of the following steps require you to edit files. To do this you can either use nano on the command line, one of the text editing apps from the GUI, or edit the files on your laptop via the Samba disk.
<p>can you answer me please i am in eighth grade and I am making this for language arts. ASAP</p>
<p>how long did this take you</p>
<p>may price more than 10 k INR</p>
<p>What is the total price of this?</p>
<p>i really like the design. very well made! </p>
<p>ain't there a video for it? i wanna see it moving @_@ please :|</p>
Does someone have the message: &quot;Cannot read property 'HITId' of undefined&quot; when executing app.js ?
<p>Have you ever considered turning this into Wheatley from Portal 2? that is my ultimate goal for this.</p>
<p>I did some computer vision on the raspberry pi. For instance face detection and feature tracking. I am working on improving it until it is not using all of the raspi computation power, which is currently the case.</p>
<p>Great project and instructions.</p><p>Im confused on how the noodle actually processes events. What is the response time? Can I make it automated or does it have to have a real person always?</p>
<p>Response time from Mechanical Turk is around 5 minutes, but if you follow this Instructable in general and then substitute your own Turk form that posts directly you a dtabase/service you have set up, then you can get the response time down much lower (maybe 30 seconds).</p><p>Some basic things can be done automatically (like motion detection or basic speech to text) but we were focusing on the manual things.</p>
<p>Am sorry if i skipped but i found no video of your robot. A video would be really nice.</p>
<p>There isn't a video, mainly because the pictures are more representative :) The video would mostly show it playing sounds or putting pictures on the screen, or doing something more digital with the network.</p>
<p>brilliant!</p>
this is amazing! It never ceases to amaze me what people can do with a raspberry pi - you are a genius
<p>Need a video of the robot please!</p>
Oh,so intreseting
<p>Great job!</p>
<p>Amazing. You should enter in a contest. You'll be sure to win something</p>
Love it.

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