Describe the topic to which your project is related.
Since we decided to create a parrot that sings, we could say that our project is related to electronics (Arduino -servo), 3D printing (head, box) and sound. To begin with, electronics is a very diverse and complexe topic. Even thought it is complicated to get used to, it can be very useful to know about it in everyday situations (televisions, cellphones, etc). To allow our parrot to move and sing, we used Arduino. It is basically an open-source prototyping platform to simplify the used of hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to activate a motor, read inputs, switch on a light, etc. Also, 3D printing was very important for the process of creation of our parrot. The 3D printer is very simple. A 3D printer is like a paper printer but it can print in 3 dimensions. Devices like this are fairly new to our society. 3D printing is very game changing, since you can design and print your own designed pieces, but we feel like the technology is still new, therefore, printers are not so reliable (they break often).
Describe your project.
Now lets talk about our project. Our project could be best described as a "Tetris parrot". There is 3D printed parrot head, a styrofoam body, a mini servo (Arduino) and a Piezo Elements (small "speaker"). First of all, the main part is the 3D printed parrot head. The parrot head has a tetris block in his mouth and is connected to the mini servo. The servo actually acts as a neck, since it holds the head of the parrot and moves from left to right. The servo has been placed in a styrofoam body (so it doesn't move) but it was supposed to be placed in a 3D printed box. We had to use the styrofoam since printing the box took around 25 hours and the printer failed too many times. Many 2D printed tetris blocks have been placed on the styrofoam. Now the 2 Arduinos (for the servo and the Piezo Elements) are hidden in the body. This is where the sound comes from.
Describe how to use the result of your original project.
Using our project is really simple. First of all, we need to make sure that the codes for the Arduino are all in the devices themselves (we transfer them using a wire that connects the device to the computer). Once the codes are in the devices, all we have to do is to put the parrot head on the servo and to connect the system with a battery and the Piezo Elements and servo will automatically start to work properly. At this point, the head of the parrot should move and "sing". The parrot works on its own once activated. The tetris song will end on its own.
Explain the purpose of your new project and give applications for this new
Our project really doesn't have any other purpose than to have fun. We created the parrot because it is something that our little brothers and sisters can play with. We knew it would be fun to create and to play with once it would be done. The applications are also pretty straight forward. We put the parrot head on and plug the batteries when we want to use it.
-Hot glue gun
-3D modelling software (123D Design and Sculptris)
-Piezo Elements (small "speaker")
-The 2 Arduinos themselves
-3D printed parrot head
-4 small wooden blocks
-2D printed Tetris blocs
-3D printed box (supposed to be used)
-3D printed Tetris cracker (supposed to be used)
List of software (and where it can be downloaded):
1) Arduino - https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
2) 123 Design - http://www.123dapp.com/design
3) Sculptris - https://pixologic.com/sculptris/emails/operating-s...
1) Tetris blocks image - http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/gdes3b78-fw2011-01/...