Lord of the Rings’ Mines of Moria Entrance for Home Theater


The door was painted over with regular house paint (see the youtube video for initial results) i didn’t like how distorted and dim it made the artwork. I ended up scraping the design out, and repainted it. I got a much better result. I even enjoy the small imperfections from the scraping, makes it look more rustic like it belongs on the face of a rock door.

Right now the door opens automatically after a touch of the hand. soon I will integrate voice recognition, so you will first have to touch it to illuminate it, then speak the elvish word for friend “Mellon” in order to gain access. I’m also going to cause the light just above this door to flicker and go out right before the door illuminates to have a much larger BAAM! effect.

For those interested in the electronic application of it. I use an Arduino Uno board, the touch sensing is done using capacitive touch, and the voice recognition will be completed using a VR shield 2.0. the door opens automatically using a normal automatic door opener (I purchased on from Olide and am very happy with it).