Embedded Arduino Automaton Free Writing (3/7)

What did you find surprisingly difficult in this embedded arduino automaton project?

-For me it was creating rigid structures that could support the weight of what I wanted to have the automatons do. In addition to supporting the weight, the structure had to support lateral stresses from using gears that were not as precise as normal meshing gears are. The first model I made from paper had to be reinforced after breaking several times, the second model was made out of cardboard and a little better but still prone to jamming and material failure. The third model was built right away with a wooden internal structure to firmly and precisely hold the gears and moving components in place.


What did you find surprisingly easy?

-The code for the projects was fairly straight forward and did not take much time. This is why I spent more time and energy working on the mechanics of the models.


Did you get inspired with any derivative works from doing this project?

-I was inspired fairly early on with these automata and adapted the very first one to have my own caricature on top. Instead of a bouncing kangaroo, I made a flying eagle. The second and third models were entirely designed by me. The second model would have several changes if I were to do it again, to make the mechanism function without the consistent jamming. The third automata is a spider with 8 moving legs. Although the legs move fairly well without jamming, the movement is not realistic. My original idea was to have a different mechanism that would make the movement much more realistic, but it would have taken too long to build a structure to support all the working parts from scratch so I abandoned it for a simpler mechanism that was less anatomically accurate.