Shutterthyme's Blog

May 12, 2013

Final Project Plans

Filed under: Electronics and Experimental Systems — Mia @ 8:25 pm

The final Electronics and Experimental Systems project was to use servos or motors to relate a sense of the uncanny—something close enough to reality that it is a bit uncomfortable or creepy. I chose my obsolete G5 computer case to house two pairs of Tech-Optics eyes. The animatronic eyes housed LEDs that became brighter as the ambient light dimmed. The second pair of eyes, in acrylic hemispheres, moved from side to side, according to motion detection in the room. The eyes were guided by Parallax infrared sensors that communicated with an Arduino UNO R3 microcontroller. Planning steps included wiring diagrams, support structure plans, and power supply placement for the primary components: Micro-controllers, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), PIR (passive infrared) sensors, servos, and solenoid (to blink the eyelids). This is the first version of the Fritzing wiring diagram. If you want to see a larger version, just click on the image.

a Fritzing wire diagram of the project

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