Superheros might be complete fiction, but that doesn't mean their uniforms can't be brought to real-life. One dedicated Iron Man fan has recreated Tony Stark's favorite headpiece by creating an amazingly realistic 3D-printed, nod-receptive Iron Man helmet.
Fanboy Ryan Brooks, who calls himself "the real Tony Stark," isn't a stranger to the business of replicating Iron Man paraphernalia — back in 2011, he tried to create an Iron Man suit that would fold up into a "briefcase" which ultimately ended up looking like a pile of squished armor. This time around, Brooks wisely downsized his project into something more doable, successfully creating a Mk. III helmet worthy of set time on the next Iron Man installment.
Using an Arduino Pro Mini and an Adafruit accelerometer, Brooks was able to rig the helmet's faceplate to open and close based on which way the wearer nods. By nodding backwards, the faceplate seamlessly opens and locks into place, while nodding with a forward motion will close it. Brooks is currently selling iterations of his servo mechanism on his website, starting at $150.
Because the helmet's base is tapered towards the bottom by design, Brooks made it possible to keep the shape of the original helmet through reticulating back neck flaps that allow the wearer to comfortably put it on.
Brooks also added "Jarvis" voice action to the helmet that tells you if it is booted up and ready, along with air lock and "whoosh" sound effects when the faceplate opens and closes. Light blockers protect the wearer's eyes from the bright LEDs in the mask, which is powered by AA batteries. Now let's hope for an equally amazing Iron Man suit to go along with it!