Someone had seen Peter Penguin or my Instructables on Animatronic Penguin Torso or Animatronic Eyes, and was working on a sculpture. He wanted to animate the sculpture when someone walked into the room and asked if I could do it. I thought about it for a while. There were several differences from my penguin, (no laptop controlling the action, could use an SSC-32 as I had before, but may be overkill, and I had never used a PIR Motion Detector before.) But after researching Arduinos and the motion detector from Roboshop ( http://www.robotshop.com/en/parallax-pir-motion-sensor.html ), decided to have a go.

SO this is Mark II of my Animatronic Eyes. The eyes do not rotate, but that wasn't requested. It would not be too difficult to add that feature back in, now that I have this model functional.

Step 1: Tools


  • Small screwdrivers
  • Drill (drill press preferred, also pin vise and portable drill)
  • Cutoff Saw, razor saw, jigsaw or razor knife
  • Hobby knife
  • Pliers, cutoff pliers
  • sandpaper
  • Circle Template
  • Dial Caliper (Digital if you’re so lucky)
  • Soldering iron
  • Masking tape
<p>I voted. Great instructions.</p>
<p>i wonder if they did an awesome robert</p>
It is interactive art. A sculpture of a large rock, which reacts when people come near.
<p>Never realized that the step with the complete sketch code wasn't displaying properly. Fixed it...</p>
nice job friend,,take my vote
<p>Oh, please update us with pictures of the painted eyes!</p>
<p>I won't be painting the eyes. Up to the artist who hired me. You can check out my other animatronic eyes at http://www.instructables.com/id/Eyes</p>
<p>I got that, I just hoped you could get an image after the artist painted them.</p>
Eric promised to send some pictures and a video. Will update when I get them.
<p>The link for the motion detector doesn't work ?</p>
Was edited to manually include link. The &quot;insert hyperlink&quot; button wasn't working for me.
<p>I manually added the link. I edited the 'ible several times to insert the link, but couldn't get it to work. So this is my workaround.</p>
<p>i always want to make these eyes lol , to replace the eyes of a painting of skull , make a thick frame to put electronic things behind the painting and , make the eyes follow the motion , it will look really horror when s.o realizes that they are followed by a skull' eyes , maybe the mouth of that skull will say &quot; what's up , man ?!!!! &quot;</p>
<p>That could be done. First, the actuation mechanics could be mounted vertically instead of horizontally. Second, I would use a pair of ultrasonic detectors instead of the motion detector. That would allow us to triangulate the position of the person. Blinking in this scenario would be an option, but the eyes would have to move left/right. The microprocessor could store several phrases, too. Not just one. Wow, what a great idea... Maybe a new 'ible!</p>

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