cosplay project - Ambassador kosh

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by jesterscup, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. jesterscup

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 7, 2014
    Hello all!

    I'm working on a project to create an outfit/costume based on the 'ambassador kosh' character from babylon 5. ( I recommend googling it).
    As part of this project I'm going to include some electronically controlled moving parts and various controllable lights.
    1. eye piece opens and closes like a camera shutter
    2. eye piece can glow either red or green
    3. chest plate has random 'twinkling' lights
    4. exhaust vents move
    5. camera hidden on head displays veiw in-app for the operator to see

    I'll be using a tablet of some kind to control the various features by way of an 'app' and a pi or arduino to control the lights and servos.
    additional/optional components might include.

    smoke/dry ice emissions from the exhaust vents.

    I don't really have any questions at the moment, but I thought it'd be fun to document the project, though any suggestions would be welcome.

    Currently the 'core' issues are that I'm not really sure how to do/make/obtain the eye-shutter itself, would anyone have suggestions. and also as I'll be using a lot of power I'll probably need some dedicated power distribution system ( components,tablet, controller all receiving power from a dedicated portable source ).

    in the next few weeks I'll be posting concepts & drawings for how the proposed systems will interact, though
    component <-> arduino <-> tablet is the basic control flow...
  2. djsfantasi

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 11, 2010
    I've built a couple of servo controlled eye shutter mechanisms, one of which was Arduino controlled.

    It was featured on Instructables. Perhaps you can get some ideas there. Here is the link:

    EDIT: Oops, didn't see your requirement that it be like a camera shutter. Here's another link for ideas:
  3. jesterscup

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 7, 2014
    whoa... awesome stuff thanks!