This week I started to find out how I can control a few motors in parallel. I worked with Adafruit PCA9685 16-Channel Servo Driver. This controller can control up to 16 motors.
I used this guide:
I started by connecting 6 motors to the controller and to a 5V pawer supply. Then I upload the controller library. I used one of the example in the library to move the motors one at the time:
The I connected wooden sticks in order to create hinges
And try to move something that will act like a fabric
I did some more experiments which change the the position of the sticks and I changed the code in order to make the sticks move all at the same time
Now that my project changed a bit I also want to change my plan-
Feb 14 - Research different materials for the figure and different hand gestures. Sketching the final figure and decide on the general movement
March 24 - find to "right" fabric and create a small prototype with the motors
April 7 - explore the sensor and the light
April 14 - Create functional prototype including the light and sensors and the motors.
April 28 - Fabrication