Animatronic Eye

The Eyes project is a Bristol Dorkbot effort at collaborating electronics software and animatronics into an interactive art installation by Richard Sewell and myself. Through using simple electronics, code, mechanics and slight artistic license we have created a functioning motion tracking eye ball housed in a steam punk themed box. The eye rotates on 2 axis along with a moving eye lid. Using simple behavioural mechanisms such as boredom and sleepyness, the eye portrays life like characteristics whilst using a basic camera to track motion. The completed first design can be seen below where it has been on display at Bristol Arnolfini’s Uncraftivism event Dec 09.


Build notes can be found here.

I am currently working on a new iteration of this eye idea inside a mechanical iris. I will post some images when I finish the build soon….hopefully.