Since last week, we have refined the flower design using CAD. We have decided to have two ‘rings’ of flowers to achieve a more natural aesthetic, rather than the claw-like design from our first project. Here is the bulb shape of the initial ring:
To streamline the mechanism and to make our 3D printed parts more useful, the hinges for the flower components will now be integrated into the pieces themselves, making them one component rather than many.
To develop our code, we have been considering new inputs and outputs for our design. An LED will be an output for when the bulb opens, and we have been experimenting with the idea of the mechanism not reacting to changes in light when there is no one around to see. We can implement this with a proximity sensor.