Nitinol hounts me.
But after several burns, two minor fires, one exploded LED and a fried Arduino UNO I decided to abandon it for now. (Dont ask. I am clumsy some times...)
Instead I stumbled upon a simple but intreaguing origami folding pattern which enables motor actuated animation. I turned it into what will be our final project for coca201. The mechanics behind it, the coding, everything, is very, very simplistic. But its beautiful and I am happy about it. Take a look:
The interesting part of this is that you have paper animation as input and output.
More videoclips of the birds are here
Now, I actually am really sad about letting the nitinol be. I guess I should just get myself some propper relays and do the math and do it the propper way... but maybe another time. Also, Cameron created a really nice Max Patcher for handling projection on a moving surface...
You can take a look at this - unfinished - project here:
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