Motion Detecting Mechanical Puppet

Since coming to Umeå Institute of Design, our wonderful workshop facilities have allowed me the chance to get a better grasp on prototyping with electronics. I've always wanted to build a puppet of some kind. This allowed me to practice my prototyping skills. The arm reacts to people's presence, leaning in their direction. 

Assorted Days - Play

Skills -  Arduino Programming, Animatronic Prototyping

2014


The Current State

 

Build Process

I started by creating a template for each individual "vertebrae". These were laser cut in order to accommodate the 4 bike cables which would pull and generate the motion of the arm.