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Animating Art

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Discover a VERY low cost, fully open source, easy to use system for animating physical objects.

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Instructors: James Newton

Movement catches the eye. It adds a new dimension to how we experience the world. And standard RC servos are cheap (for small ones) OR powerful (at higher cost) but all take the same signals. It's actually pretty easy to use them with a standard RC radio set to "remote control" stuff. But then you have to be there all the time, moving it around. What we need is an easy, low cost, way to record and play back movements. The SDMG bot does that... and a LOT more. And you can make one, or I can make one for you, for under $20. Operates with your SmartPhone, Tablet, or PC. And... if you aren't careful, you might learn about web hosting, HTML, Javascript, electronics, robotics, etc... But don't worry, you don't have to learn anything complex if you don't want; it's pretty easy to use just to make your art move on it's own.

Check out these examples of projects which could have used this system:

Skeleton Machines

Unicorn hat with moving ears

Mechanical Tulip

If you make something like this flower, the animation system could be used to move it.

Course Schedule:

You'll spend the first 20 minutes being guided through assembling your system. Once everyone is up and running we can play with the system. The instructor will show other features if students are interested.

Skills instilled: Make things move on their own.

Cost:

The fee for this course is $20, which includes all of the pre-programmed, assembled, and tested components needed. Below is a list of all the included items:

1 NodeMCU

1 Servo Adapter PCB

Position snap off headers

1 1×2 pin screw terminal block, 0.1"" spacing

2ç (or whatever size you want)

1 AA battery holder

4 AA cells (for above)

1 Breadboard

Students should bring:

Students should bring a SmartPhone, Tablet, or Laptop. Chargers are a good idea, as the system can run down your battery pretty quick when you are learning. You may also bring something small (a small stuffed animal, some bent wire art, a toy, a tree ornament, or anything up to about 6 or 8 inches with 1 or 2 joints that can be moved) - you can attach it to the system to experiment with moving it!

Prerequisites: Basic web browsing skills.

About James Newton

Core Team for San Diego Maker Faires in 2013,'15,'16 and North County Mini Maker Faires 2017-19

Founding member San Diego Makers Guild

Enabled 3D cement house printing in the US in 2014 via simple adapters / drivers for large steppers from RAMPS controllers.

Won Hackaday 2018 for Dexter w/ Haddington Dynamics

Teacher for UCSD Extension / Sally Ride Science

Employment Eviscerator. Purveyor of Particular Pedagogy

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Colab is run on donations and grants. If you would like to donate, please visit our website donation page @ http://www.sdcolab.org/donate/

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CoLab is an all volunteer collaborative workspace created to build community by providing a space to learn, make art, hold meetings/events and realize projects.
 
For more information about CoLab or to make a donation supporting the continued operations and growth of CoLab, please visit our website sdcolab.org.

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