As we head towards Halloween next month we usually see animatronic eye projects done with the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, but we’ve never seen something like this.
Information about this product is a bit scarce, but it works as as any normal display relying on its odd choice of “screen” (a dome) and subtle video effects to produce spherical imagery.
Burgess used a Raspberry Pi 3 to control the output, an HDMI splitter to duplicate the eye, and a bit of code you can find on GitHub.
— Phil Burgess (@PaintYourDragon) September 15, 2017
If this project interests you and you’re now hoping to buy yourself a WorldEye or two, we first suggest you watch this video by the excellent tech channel TechMoan on YouTube.
The description of that video also includes a few different videos which natively work on the device, and a tutorial to converting regular videos to work convincingly with the hardware.
It goes into a lot of detail covering how the WorldEye works and all its unique quirks, as well as some buying advice, as you’re probably going to need to import it.
Another maker – Christopher Williams – has already reproduced Burgess’ work, albeit with only one eye which you can see below.
— Christopher Williams (@RogueCynthana) September 21, 2017