This week we finished our kinetic design for the flower and it’s pivots using a rhino CAD model. The pivots are printed directly onto the base in order to ensure precise measurements and to make the assembly easier.
We have been coding for multiple inputs; our design will still open and close as the reading on the light dependent resistor changes, with the addition of a moisture sensor which will be embedded in soil. This could make our design serve a useful function by indicating when the soil needs be watered, using the flower as a measure of light and moisture.
The outputs on our code are the servo motor, controlling the movement of the flower and an LED whose brightness is dependent on the moisture reading. We hope that the flower opening, paired with the varying brightness of the LED will make our project enthusing to watch.