Where I’m at currently with the animatronic deer skull project…
Last weekend I decided to start the ball rolling and figured the only way to start was google. I searched for how to make animatronics, and Arduino seemed to be the best starting point. So I bought a book and ordered the chip off amazon.
Right now I’m going through the examples and learning as I go. It’s a lot of fun. It’s one part electrical engineering and one part computer programming. I’m starting to understand the concepts and it makes a lot of sense so far. Not as bad as I thought it’d be.
So far I’ve gotten a red light to turn off and on, and fade as well. It’s exciting but I want to learn this so much faster!
Meanwhile, I still need to figure out the best way to construct the skull and neck. I think a lot of that will depend on how the circuitry and servos have to fit together and how much weight it can handle. A lot of questions I still need to work out.
The Skeleton Deer Skull Project (I’ll come up with a better name for it later.)
So this is going to be my next major art project. It’s something I’ve wanted for a while, but just haven’t had time to really devote to figuring out for a while.
Basically, I wanted a mounted deer head (like the kind over fireplaces), but the skeleton of one. However, that’s obviously too easy. So I also want it to be able to move around with its own animatronics and motion track / follow as people walk around my house. Also as a bonus, I’d like to hook it up to bluetooth so I can use it as an external speaker when someone calls me. Whenever the other person talks, the deer’s mouth would flap open and closed.
Simple right? Do I know how to make it yet…no.
Its that going to stop me…no.
…and here we go! :D
Happy 4th of July!!!!
Tonight’s doodles. I have had a song stuck in my head all day. This is what I see when I hear the lyrics. It’s definitely not what the song is about. I just like my version better. It’s a much happier story. :)
Trying to figure out what to animate next. This seems like it’d be fun.
And here’s today’s animation!
Today’s project was to animate a face. I got an ear twitch and a blink cycle. Not perfect, but I’m learning as I go.
Back to working on animations!
This one was done with pencil, paper, photoshop and snap seed.