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10 interesting projects using Arduino boards

06 Aug 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Let's face it, animatronics are a lot of fun, especially those that are in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII but not the frightening monstrosities found at ShowBiz Pizza. Sure, those take a lot of engineering to get them to function properly, but you needn't be a rocket scientist to make your own DIY animatronics like Easton LaChappelle and his Arduino Wireless Animatronic Hand. The hand was designed using two devices with first being a glove that's outfitted with an Arduino (ATMEGA 328 flavoured), a Xbee and a custom PCB that take data from a series of flex sensors stitched to the gloves fingers. The data is then relayed over to the animatronic hand, which is made from electrical wire tubes and actuates using several servomotors.

Animatronic Hand

Easton LaChappelle's Arduino Wireless Animatronic Hand uses an Arduino, Xbee and 5 servomotors to operate. (Source:

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