What I found surprising about the Embedded Arduino Paper Automata project is how these paper mechanism could work to make movements. From my own experience, the Paper Automata requires assembly for at least three and more hours. And if you want to modify it, it is really important to think about the concept and what we could use to create that movement. Together, it tells a story as a whole piece. Different illustrations may tell different stories, but the mechanical work is what makes it alive. The mechanical adjustments includes the speed, the direction, the interaction, and so on. All these simple gestures and movements is what makes the project so good or poorly put together.
Also, when assembling together, it is good to take some time to create the base of the structure and how to hide the wirings. It is so nicely put together when all the wires are hidden (unless that’s the point to have it shown for specific purposes).
What I found surprising easy was how the SAME mechanism could be changed and adjusted in order to tell a different story. Being a movie to pcom, I am excited to make the slightest thing working. I look forward to work on these skills to improve, so I could make better projects in the future.
Upon approaching these weekly projects, I am inspired by how beautiful paper could be. There are many artwork and design piece that are made from these papers but it could be just so delicate and beautiful.
For my project, I decided to make a flying rabbit. The illustrations in this book was not as attractive to me. The mechanism are however more complicated comparing to the Japanese books. The instructions were in black and white, and sometimes I would have to guess which part goes towards which. The flying rabbit works much like my previous project with the shy bear. The rabbit would move faster and slower through the range finder.