I make a cat toy controlled by a joystick and buttons as a final work. To attract a cat’s attention, I thought about a feather toy and decided to make this with a motor.
2. Raw materials
- materials: knitting wool, DC motor and mount, a feather cat toy
- tools: screw, drill, driver
1)Making a tessle
I used knitting wools to make a tessle. Forst, I made a ball of strings, then tied the center of a ball. then cut the each side of strings and adjusted the length and trimmed the shape.
- 2)Making holes and Mounting a DC motor
- I decided to mount the motor the top the big hole for a usb cable to use it for wires as well. The holes on a mount for a DC motor was pretty small and there was rare space to screw them all in four holes. So, I just made one hole each with a hand drill. The next step was a problem. I was worried to make cracks and broke the box, but there was other option to mount the motor except using a screw. If I use a glue or something, it might work I guess, but I did not want to do it with a glue. So… carefully screwed with a driver, and yes… the box had a little damages inside. But it worked.
3)Attaching the tessle
The final step was attaching the tessle and connected wired on my breadboard and arduino.
4. Final work
I made a mistake to decide the place of the motor. It should go upper of the cable hole. There were too close, the bottom of the motor slightly hided the hole and a cable could not go throw the hole. Fortunately, there was another hole on the cover to let people open it easily, I used it for a cable and the cover could be closed. I learned how much exact measuring was important to avoid a mistake again.