Four Protoypes Using Randomized Direction, Duration, and Speed

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Introduction: Four Protoypes Using Randomized Direction, Duration, and Speed

In graduate school, I experimented with Arduino's random command to control servo and windshield wiper motors to move in a random direction, for a random duration, at a random speed. However, "random" is not quite the correct word, because I set the upper and lower limits of each category. These prototypes show a few initial studio experiments, some of which turned into full-blown landscape installation art.

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    A question for you: in the last example can you please share a bit of information on just what the thin, rectangle light were made of, or what name they are sold under, and how did you electrify them? I wish there were a longer set of instructions, but still this interests me, so: BIG Thanks!

    In that last piece, what is lighting up, and how is it being lit?

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    The bulbs are cold cathode fluorescent bulbs, usually used for backlighting LCD screens. They're being lit by a wire from a tesla coil, attached to the end of a swinging cable. As the wire moves around, it comes in contact with the bulbs. Even though it's insulated, this close proximity provides enough electromagnetic radiation to light them up.

    Oh, that is cool!

    If you took photos while you built these, you could write step-by-step instructables for them, which I am sure would be very popular.