This Tutorial will go through the Steps of How to create your very own animatronic tail!I've seen many aimatronic tails either controlled by a remote control or set to a continuous sweep code, I decided to make my tail be contrilled by my heart rate!
To get started you will need:
-2 Klixx Balls/Links ( may need more depending on length, seems to have about 50 connector pieces per pack )
-2 Bicycle Brake Cables
-2 or more Boxes of Jumbo Paperclips
-1 Continuous Rotation Servo with "X" Head (* 2 if you want a wider range of motion)
-1 Motor Shield
-1 Pulse Sensor
- 1 Battery 6V 5Ah ( amp hour)
-1 2" Flat-End PVC End Cap (*2 if you want a wider range of motion)
- Hook-up Wire
-1 Arduino Uno Microcontroller
-Sewing Supplies: needles, thread, pins, exacto knife or utility knife ( will cut out shape without trimming fur) , etc. I highly recommend a sewing machine.
-Dremel or Drill with Drilling Bits
-Painter's Tape or Masking Tape
*BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR MATERIALS:
You need to decide before you buy anything if you would just like you tail to have the basic side to side sweeping motion or be able to to do more such as Lift, Tuck, and Wag. For a wider range of motion you'll need two servo motors, 2 flat 2" PVC caps, and extra Klixx toys.
Also make sure you have plenty of free time to work.
Alright now that you have everything you need let's get started!