7 meters of RGB LEDs crammed onto a centurion’s helmet? It makes perfect sense once you see it in action.

When you’re a creative developer with a name like Roman, you’re bound to find yourself recreating things from antiquity. Roman Porry found his inevitable foray into ancient Roman culture resulted in this interactive centurion helmet.

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Roman Wrote into the Adafruit Blog to explain how he started with an old movie prop that had a horse hair plume. A modern day centurion would need something a bit more flashy, so he removed that, and replaced it with a laser cut panel and 25 rows of Adafruit neopixels amounting to just under 7 meters.

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The LEDs are being run by an Arduino Due which is getting its information from Cinder, an open source library for creating impressive visuals.

It is still very much a work in progress, but as you can see in the video above, it appears to be coming along quite nicely.

Caleb Kraft

Caleb Kraft

Community Editor for Make:
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  • DrOgosch

    this is what I’ve been waiting for decades!

  • http://www.makezine.com Caleb Kraft

    Someone pointed out that it looks like dynamo from the running man!

  • MoucheMan

    Although I think it is cool, I only have one question… WHY?