Bre Pettis Talking Head

by Skimbal, published

Bre Pettis Talking Head by Skimbal Jun 5, 2011

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Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once?

Is the thought of getting up for that early morning TV Interview really cramping your nightlife?

Never Fear! The Talking head is Here!

Just pipe an audio signal through and watch as the Talking Head comes to life and lip sinks your prerecorded interview.

Guaranteed to be totally effective on TV audiences everywhere.

Here are some video's of it in action http://youtu.be/8QQwjhJsz18 http://youtu.be/U_PERylb8xM

A Collaboration between Michael Curry and Jestin Stoffel of the Cowtown Computer Congress

The Glasses are a scaled down version of http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5544

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1) Print all parts

2) Add an 8mm rod through the pivot point in the mouth. The rod should extend about 5mm beyond each side of the part.

3) Assemble the left and right halves of the head, Use short segments of 3mm filament pressed into the provided holes to assemble. Some drilling may be required to restore the holes to their appropriate size.

4) Set the mouth in the hole on the left side of the head

5) Glue a servo to the interior of the left side of the head, any servo will work, but smaller will give you more space to work with.

6) Run a piece of ridged wire between the servo horn and the lever arm on the back of the mouth so that when the servo moves, the mouth opens and closes.

7) Program the Arduino and attach it and its battery to the inside of the head. Make the electrical connections as described in the software.

8) Thread the audio input cable through the hole in the back of the head.

9) Press the Right and Left halfs together, making sure the mouth can move freely

10) Use a headphone splitter to hook the head and a set of self powered speakers up to an audio source.

11) Find/Make a Bre Pettis sound board and use it to make the head talk.

All this Bre worship is getting really creepy

well with all those Bre something in thingiverse (universe ?, lets check HGG on that!) he must feel pretty good must be quite a boost on self-esteem! :-P

This is so Ghost in the Shell, I love it. Actually this is one of the things that I already thought of building and I am really pleased to see that someone did before me. I'd rather use a simple coil plus a spring for the mouth but I agree it comes in handy to use a servo for the first try to speed the things a bit.

One word: Awesome.

Why don't you have a flattr account? Are you allergic to money or something?

I second this comment. Seriously, accept money.


That has to be put over one of the awesome moving robots already in thingiverse...

Very Nice, how did you cut it up so nicely?

A Bre Pettis soundboard!!! I can't wait!

If someone makes one, we can just plug it in.

"Democratize manufacturing!"

"I make things!"

Yeah, a soundboard would be cool.

I do have a 64 button shield right here....hmmm...