A'dam FabLab Academy

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Principles & Practices

Assignment: Plan and sketch a potential semester project

Semester project


Automata (pronounced aw-TOM-ah-tah) are mechanical figures or scenes made out of mechanical parts that produce responses to the figures that make them move. Automata come in a vast range of sizes and varying degrees of complexity. My desire is to incorporate motion detection, replace cranks with motors, add LEDs, sound, etc.

Where do I start? This check list gives some simple suggestions against which to test my ideas.

  1. Is it visually exciting?
  2. Is it funny?
  3. Will it intrigue the viewer?
  4. Will it hold the viewers attention for at least a minute?
  5. Is it too complex?
  6. Is the humor to obscure?
  7. Will I enjoy making it?