March 21, 2014

Build motion-activated animatronic eyes

The world of animatronics and robotics can be a lot of fun, and with a little imagination and work along with an Arduino you can really create some outstanding effects. One example of this is by Instructables member djsfantasi who has documented in detail a pair of eyes with well-executed lid motion.

By using two pairs of balls, one pair slightly larger than the other - they can be modified to fit one into the other and smoothly rotate around the smaller ball. Then with an Arduino-controlled servo the outer balls can be moved at will, and adding the motion detector adds a more fun and interactivity to the eyes. You can see this in the following video:

Perfect for an upcoming Halloween or puppet project - so visit the project Instructable to get started. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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