Remote Emote Final Build

Posted on Tuesday 21 November 2006

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So much of the physical part of remote emote is coming together. The laser cuts were a bit rough but precise enough for smooth movement of the “thixels”. The gears problem was mainly with the size and linear movement range being smaller that I wanted.

I really like the way that this looks and feels, now if the motors and programming work out the way I plan this crazy idea might just work. Stay tuned for more.

OK, so the building continues… I had some difficulty with the epoxy and precision of the way the gear “racks” attach to the “thixels”, the problem was that I couldn’t position them by eye with enough precision to match them up with my laser cut guides. So what I did was quickly put together a template to hold the racks in place while they dry.

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As you can see from the side here, the laser cut guides are quite precise and once the gear racks were glued properly they slid pretty nicely. The next consideration in the physical prototype is the placement and mounting of the motorized potentiometers.

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I epoxied the gear to the pot as well, although this is not ideal I hope it will work for the time being so that the gears will hold and drive the pot with the pushing and pulling of the thixels. See the Shokai Motorized pot below.
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The picture below shows how the motor and gear should be placed to drive and be driven by the movement of the thixels.
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The next issue was mounting the motors, I suspected that the plexi might be a bit flimsy and decided to add a thin craft plywood board to mount the motors on. Again, by using the plexi as a trace guide for this motor mount I could stay precise to the exact placement of the motors.
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In general this physical build probably seems extremely fastidious, but I could see no other way to make a consistent device without the aid of the usual manufacturing process. I learned alot about building and Danny Rosen’s Project Design Studio class at ITP allowed me the time and space to get detailed in this way. Thanks to Anne Hong for the advise in using the laser cutter and her tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls.


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