Design Images

 This animatronic hand was built as part of the Wet-Wired Interface project. It has ten degrees of freedom and was intended to be animated by a multiplexed servo.
The multiplexed servo was designed to use just two motors to accurately control 16 degrees of freedom however the device did not progress past the prototype phase of development.
 


 
 In this picture you can see more clearly how each control line pair (one black and one red) controlled a single degree of freedom.

The hand was built from scratch using plastic card, and plastic and aluminium tubing as found in most model shops.

The control lines were constructed from household wiring insulation, aluminium and brass tubing and multi-core steel fishing line.


  This is the first device built as part of the Wet-Wired interface project. It is a pose-able manikin for capturing poses for use in 3D animation packages.

Based on an artists manikin, it has 24 degrees of freedom each with its own sensor.

The device has a MIDI interface as this was a popular interface for use with 3D production software at the time.

The model could not be reconfigured into different forms and was only an input device. A user had to manually manipulate the figure to return to an earlier pose.


The images below are working prototypes of elements for a miniature animatronic figure. The full figure would have stood at about 20cm with a silicone rubber skin.
  
 

This is a view of the Wet-Wired interface control system. The application was developed using Java3D and Wet-Wired.com's 2D graphics engine GiraffeXML.
The left hand side of the interface shows the movement track for each model element while the right hand side shows a 3D view of the model in it's current state.


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Nicholas Cross,
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