Step 1: Build the Body
The best way to make the body is to first glue the pattern on the cardboard. Then, using an exacto knife, cut out the pattern. Score the fold lines lightly and valley fold such that the paper pattern is now on the inside and nice clean cardboard is on the exterior.
The files provided are designed for an iPhone 3GS but also work with an iPhone 4/4s with little fuss.
To Design Your Own:
- If you're a student, use Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor to turn your 3D model into a flat drawing with the sheet metal tools.
- Otherwise check out Pepakura
Step 2: Create the TouchOSC Interface
The editor is super intuitive and quite easy to use. To add a feature just right click and select the object. You can edit the color, position, name, value range, and a number of other parameters by just selecting the object and editing the respective values.
Mimbo's face is composed of 6 features: 4 LED's (two eyes and two pupils), 1 empty label box (eyebrow/eyelid), and 1 multi-fader (mouth). All of these are changed and controlled programmatically in the processing code.
Download my interface or create your own and then just hit the "Sync" button and update the layout on your smartphone. You may need to specify the IP address of your computer but the instructions on the TouchOSC download page are pretty clear.