Om nom nom...
Have you ever wanted to have a real-life version of the zombie from the video game? Well, now you can!
This zombie reacts to the other objects- the Brain, the Wall-Nut and the Pea Shooter.
The BRAAIIINNNSS of the zombie is the Arduino. It runs off of a 9 volt battery.
This is a project that was created in CSCI 7000: Things That Think at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Step 1: Creating the Zombie
Then, fold the arm and leg shapes in half and sew up the rest. turn them inside out and stuff them with polyfil or other stuffing. Next, take one of the body shapes and sew a zipper into it and cut the felt above the zipper to allow it to move. With the zipper slightly open, place the body cut out with the outside of the zipper facing up, and pin the arms and legs to the felt so that they point in the direction opposite to that of which you want them to go (legs pointing up and the arms pointing in) and place the other piece of body felt on top and pin it in place. Now you can sew around the edge, making sure that you sew into the arms and legs. When you have gone around the whole body, you then open the zipper, and turn it right side out.
The shirt is a simple piece of white cloth with holes cut out for arms, and hot glued in the back. The collar is made by cutting a small slit and folding the top over.
The tie is just a piece of red felt that is hot glued in place.
The jacket is made by folding the fabric so that the fold is up (away from you). The fold will be where the shoulders go. Then sew up the sides to make a 'T' shape. Turn right side out and rip (or cut) the right sleeve off so that it looks jagged and torn.
The pants are made by sewing two pieces of denim up the sides and up the crotch and turned inside out. The left pant leg is ripped so that the knee is showing.
Cut the mouth, nose and teeth from felt and glue them on to the face.
Step 2: BRAAIIINNNSSSS!!!!!
To make the brains, we started with a styrofoam egg and shaped it by flattening the base and creating a seam in the middle to separate the left and right hemisphere. We glued the RFID button to the styrofoam and then covered the styrofoam with textured grey felt and attached it using hot glue.
Step 3: Pea Shooter
The pot is filled with 'Great Stuff' foam and covered with a nice piece of brown felt. Then the wire from the stem is shoved down into it and secured with hot glue.
Step 4: Wall-nut
We created the Wall-nut using the same method as the brains: Styrofoam core with felt hot glued to the outside. There is a RFID button sandwiched in between the styrofoam and the felt.
His eyes are modified googly-eyes; we took out the black pupils, cut them down and then reinserted them.
Step 5: MP3 Player Hack
We removed the board from the case and hard wired the audio outputs directly to our amplifier board (as seen in the next step). We also hard wired the switches that control the volume, play/pause, next track, and previous track. We disconnected the battery, and connected the the power inputs to the Arduino outputs.
The MP3 player board then attaches directly to the sound amplifier board that we created.
We used the Audio Hijack Pro software to record sounds directly from the PVZ game. Audacity was used to shorten the tracks, and were then loaded onto the microSD card.
Step 6: Amplifier
Step 7: RFID Reader
Step 8: Speaker
Step 9: Soft Switch
The soft switch is made with a foam 'doughnut' with conductive fabric on each side. When the doughnut is squeezed, the conductive fabric on each side can touch, closing the circuit. When let go, the foam separates the conductive fabric, opening the circuit. (We got the idea form this instructable.)
Step 10: Pulse Sensor
For the future, we would like to run the pulse sensor off of a Lilypad Arduino separately from the rest of the electronics.
Step 11: Tri-Color LED Eyes
Behind the googly eyes are two RGB LEDs (one for each eye) The red and blue channels are wired in parallel, so that only one Arduino pin is required for each color. The green channel for each LED is controlled independently, so that we can make the eyes different colors (for example, we can turn on the red channel and one green channel to get one yellow eye and one green eye.