While browsing Instructables recently I came across a series of 3D printed straw connectors
made by amandaghassaei. With theses connectors you can make really intertesting sculptures from plain old drinking straws. I found the sculptures positively amazing, and I got to thinking how cool it would be if there were a to animate them. After studying those connectors, and the original LINX
system, I came up with is a small, spring loaded plastic hinge with holes that let thread slip inside of the straw. When a series of the hinges are connected and the string is pulled, the hinges bend and the straws flap about as if they were alive!