Slow Elvis

A lifesized Elvis Presley robot that follows people. I wrote the code and designed the circuits.

11 November 2014

This post has been migrated from its original home to here. It originally lived at this location.

In the ghetto

Slow Elvis is an installation for our Bournemouth, office window. A life size cardboard cut out of The King stands on a skateboard and slowly mirrors the movements of random pedestrians as they pass by outside.

The wonder of you

A webcam monitors the pavement and our software latches on to a random pedestrian in the feed, then tracks them as they walk past. Their position data is passed on to Elvis who is moved along a track. Elvis is powered by an Arduino controlled stepper motor, which as we found out, isn’t the fastest or most powerful way to create movement, but the result is wonderfully creepy.

A little less conversation

Check out these vines to see Slow Elvis in action:

Thank you, thank you very much

Links & resources

Project code: GitHub