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Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion Controlled Blinking Eyes
5/13/2014

Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a rock sculpture.
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a rock sculpture.

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djsfantasi
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Re: Eyes Rotation
djsfantasi   9/9/2014 5:36:39 PM
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As I have mentioned elsewhere, this project was done under commission and I did not have the budget for non-essential features. Design news edited the video to the bare bones. I can understand why as the actions requested were very basic.

You can search for "djsfantasi" on YouTube (and you'll have to specify the name specifically, as YouTube will return results for "dj fantasi"). There are two videos you may find of interest. Penguin Animatronic Eyes or Penguin Animatronic Head. You can also append "/watch?v=LLystzKET18" (without the quotes), to the YouTube URL to view the former video. Currently, this forum does not support linking URLs.

Animatronic Penguin in Action - 2 shows more of the creation. 

These videos were controlled from my laptop communication to a module which took serial commands and translated them into servo motions. It does this via a proprietary interpretetive language. Future plans include embedding the language on a microcontroller, so the figure becomes self-contained. Programs and speech would be stored on an SD card.

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Re: I get distracted ....
Cadman-LT   6/9/2014 6:35:06 PM
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JimT, very funny!

Pubudu
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Re: Eyes Rotation
Pubudu   5/29/2014 2:18:08 PM
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Don its very cool thanks for sharing the video which will add more value to the article.

djsfantasi
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Re: Eyes Rotation
djsfantasi   5/23/2014 8:30:45 AM
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For those of you who mentioned having the eyes move, here is a link to a YouTube video of another pair of eyes that I had made. These do move side to side. http://youtu.be/LLystzKET18

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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I get distracted ....
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/20/2014 1:28:14 PM
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 .... I just keep seeing the Money I could be saving, by Switching to GEICO ....



 

 

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MOTION CONTROLLED BLINKING EYES
bobjengr   5/17/2014 5:28:33 PM
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Don, I write create work instructions as part of the services my company provides.  Yours for this project are outstanding.  Great job in formatting.  The projects seems to be one a univeristy student would certainly enjoy.  Excellent "Freak" example.  

djsfantasi
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Re: Video
djsfantasi   5/17/2014 9:55:43 AM
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Thank you. The artist has promised me pictures and a video when he's done.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2014 3:30:15 AM
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Nice project Don, you should upload a video of the animatronic rock once it's done!

djsfantasi
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djsfantasi   5/15/2014 1:35:18 PM
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Doesn't the picture at the bottom of the home page have a "play" button in the lower left corner. It plays fine for me.

djsfantasi
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Re: Motion sensor?
djsfantasi   5/15/2014 1:32:48 PM
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Sorry I missed that.  The motion sensor is a Parallax PIR Motioon Sensor. It can be found at this link http://www.robotshop.com/en/parallax-pir-motion-sensor.html  

I have another project that does have it's eyes move, on YouTube. This particular project did not ask for the eyes to move and I didn't have the budget to add the feature (it was done on commission for an LA artist).

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