This was artwork Wendy created for the Steampunk FlipBooKit. After rendering the illustration and some motion studies, we handed this over to Heather Cardone to work her magic on the final animation. If you need an expert in motion design, she’s your girl.
Here’s a photo of the SLA spindle mounted in the latest flipbookit housing.
The box design has been tuned up to accommodate a new motor, new bushings, a bottom hole for a wooden handle, updated materials and a hole for an optional toggle switch (for motorized units), and notches for position sensors (for smart-duino combo-boxes).
That was a mouthful!
So, I told Wendy to add some levity to that Jumping Bones animation.
Here’s what she came up with!
Here’s the first of many animations to be available for Flipbookit supporters.
“Jumping Bones” will be a downloadable flipbookit animation template.
Stay tuned for more!
This photo is the latest revision of prototype, and it also happens to be one of the prototypes that was demoed at the NY Makerfaire last week. This one was the cleanest, but they all survived the show (kid testing and all). We tidied it up and brought it over to Patrick Posta, our ace photographer and friend.
At this point, this flipbookit is the nearest to what we expect the production units will look like. The boxes are NOT made of metal (even though the shiny spray-painted prototype on the home page looks like it). They are made with a rigid cardboard called e-flute that is laminated with a book-binders cover (just like an old camera or hard-copy book). This may not be the final exterior finish, but it’s close — and we do like it!
In case you’re wondering about the durability of these delicate looking flipbookits, after a weekend of heavy duty kid testing, ALL the prototypes stood their ground. (see the video from our Quality Control Lab at the Maker Faire) This is a small sampling of literally hundreds of little hands.