A Colorful Creature of the Future

This lab presented unique challenges that I hadn’t met in earlier assignments. Because of the servo motor’s limited range of movement, I had to find a way to distribute weight in such a way that would encourage the motor to move forward. I researched how bugs and other animals move and the only animals that move in side-to-side fashions (like the servo motor) are sea creatures. That wouldn’t work for this project. I ultimately came up with a creature of the future whose feet are made of tack glides for furniture, a paper towel roll, a chip clip, and a plastic beam and hairclip to help distribute the weight. The creature of the future moves by turning the potentiometer left and right.

Components:

1. 1 Arduino board
3. Jumper wires
4. 1 potentiometer
5. 1 servo motor
6. 1 USB cable
7. 2 tack glides for furniture
8. several hairclips
9. 1 chip clip
10. 1 paper towel roll
11. Duct tape
12. small plastic beam
13. Pipe cleaners to create a Quidditch hoop to tie this back to Harry Potter.

Code:

```/*
* Servo with Potentiometer control
* Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces
* October 11 2007
*/

int servoPin = 7; // Control pin for servo motor
int potPin = 0; // select the input pin for the potentiometer

int pulseWidth = 0; // Amount to pulse the servo
long lastPulse = 0; // the time in millisecs of the last pulse
int refreshTime = 20; // the time in millisecs needed in between pulses
int val; // variable used to store data from potentiometer

int minPulse = 500; // minimum pulse width

void setup() {
pinMode(servoPin, OUTPUT); // Set servo pin as an output pin
pulseWidth = minPulse; // Set the motor position to the minimum
Serial.begin(9600); // connect to the serial port
}

void loop() {
val = analogRead(potPin); // read the value from the sensor, between 0 - 1024

if (val > 0 && val <= 999 ) {
pulseWidth = val*2 + minPulse; // convert angle to microseconds

Serial.print("moving servo to ");
Serial.println(pulseWidth,DEC);

}
}

// called every loop().
// pulse the servo again if the refresh time (20 ms) has passed:
if (millis() - lastPulse >= refreshTime) {
digitalWrite(servoPin, HIGH); // Turn the motor on
delayMicroseconds(pulseWidth); // Length of the pulse sets the motor position
digitalWrite(servoPin, LOW); // Turn the motor off
lastPulse = millis(); // save the time of the last pulse
}
}```