Wood Stones is a proposed art installation that would take place in an indoor gallery space. The instructions listed below are for the prototype of the installation. The installation aims to create a sense of delight, curious and wonder for visitors to the site. With the use of a motion sensor, small motors attached to wooden stones begin to vibrate across the floor.
I am looking for suggestions to change the installation. What could improve it? One idea is to have the stones travel across sand so you can see the path they take.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools
10 blocks of wood, 1.5” by 1.5” 10
mini motor discs - http://www.adafruit.com/product/1201
1 motion sensor - http://www.adafruit.com/product/1201
shift register 74HC595
E600 industrial strength adhesive
spray paint (optional)
helping hands for soldering
Step 2: Make the Wood Stones
- Take the wood blocks up to a belt sander and create your unique stone shape.
- Break the edges of the dodecahedron by sanding with sand paper.
- Optional: Spray paint all sides of the stones in a well ventilated area. Let dry completely.
Step 3: Wiring the Motors and Connecting Them to the Wood Stones
- Prep the mini motor discs with some industrial strength adhesive to the base of the wires. This helps to prevent them from fraying over time.
- Take the mini motor discs and strip the ends of the wires to prep for solder. Be careful here as the wires are fragile.
- Solder wires to motors. To protect the joints you can use heat shrink tubing or hot glue. In this photo, I used industrial strength adhesive.
- Solder header pins to wires.
- Use industrial strength adhesive to adhere 1 motor to the bottom of 1 stone. Repeat 8 times.
- Take the motion sensor and solder holding pins to the ends of the wires.
Step 4: Wiring Your Breadboard
Wire the header pins according to the plan in the image.
The data sheet for the shift register can be found here.
Step 5: Upload Your Code
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