Now for a project that is a lot of fun, especially for those of us in the southern hemisphere in December - an Arduino-controlled bubble-blowing machine. The concept is quite simple yet has the ability to make bubbles of various sizes.
The operation of the device is easy, two servos each control an arm - which in turn lower and raise a loop of light rope into a sudsy liquid suitable for bubbles. A small cooling fan generates a soft breeze which "blows" into the soapy rope loop as it is raised from the liquid - and thus bubbles are blown from the machine. The addition of an ultrasonic distance sensor to the machine not only adds "eyes" but also activates the bubble-blowing when someone approaches.
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