Robot Butterfly

This week we explored the servo motor and the piezo speaker, two components that as Danny mentioned seem to bring to life our boards. When thinking for applications for this I realized that since I had already seen the capabilities, it was as knowing a brain could think but how could that brain transmit life. So comming from the question of

How to bring my servo motor to life?

I decided to use it to recreate one of my favorite motions: the flapping of a Butterfly's wings.

By setting this challenge I realized that once the circuit is built and the sketch solved (an easy task for this) the real works starts when materializing the motion. How much does the servo should turn? Which arm to attach? and then the crafting of the object What the butterfly should be made of? How to attach it to the arm? Should the wings get pushed or pulled. And this is when the project starts consuming brain power and time.

Once I got the servo working I started prototyping the butterfly

Once I got the servo working I started prototyping the butterfly

Getting my butterfly done

Getting my butterfly done

Hence the problems that are left to solve regarding this are:

- Since I wish to mantain the material of the butterfly. Is there a better way to hold the wings and make them move other than string? Ruber? Wire?

- How to hold the structure of the butterfly firmly with the servo so that it is a sturdy structure?

- In order to give it a seamless interactivity. How could I adapt a photoresistor as a swich to control the movement of the butterfly?