One of the projects I wanted to do with my Glowforge was reproducing movie props. I found plans for a Hal9000 model on Thingiverse ( Thingiverse Hal9000HAL 9000 Replica by pburgess - Thingiverse ) that gave me proper cutting specs. It also referenced additional electronics on Adafruit (which I’m still deciding whether to add or stick with a basic bluetooth speaker.
The results so far have been thrilling for me. Cut out of black acrylic, and then side supports were spray painted metallic silver. The “grill area” was cut, sprayed, and then put back in the 'forge to great the speaker “grill”.
The whole piece is then held together by series of nuts and bolts. The Hal logo and eye are currently paper printouts, but will look at printing logo on photo paper for more gloss look, and getting a button eye from Adafruit to get more of the rounded look (plus potential for electronic enhancements).
Very nice start. You will have to (don’t let me tell you what to do but really) stick a rasp pi in there and program it up with all of HALS standard answers as responses to standard questions and then defer to one of the services for questions that are not in that set.
Avafruit has this developed around an arduino for sounds ( AvafruitHal9000. Have considered that or just putting in a Bluetooth speaker kit to it. Depends how interactive to have it.
There was a company that had had reproduction rights from the studio that was going to do a full on system for collectors, but they went bankrupt last fall before making any. They had a side piece with a screen that they were animating graphics from the show with.
Now I need this also, although I really I have little thought to privacy given the amount of Alexas, OK google‘s, iPhones, nest, wyze, ring, in our house. essentially we are a reality TV program for somebody.
It measures almost 13-3/4" high by 4-3/4" wide. The original design said it was slightly off from the original prop, but made to accommodate the specific Avafruit button. I’m guessing it would not take too much to adjust and match the original Nikon 8mm lens.