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January 3, 2013 AT 12:04 am

Interactive Papercraft Insect Collection


Samantha Moore writes:

I am a huge fan of entomology displays, and wanted to create one that is interactive. When the copper tape on the surface of the frame is touched, the butterflies illuminate through a capacitive touch sensor. The blank white strip of paper to the side of each butterfly shows the name, scientific and common, for a bit of unexpected learning.

I created a box frame that is deep enough to house the paper butterflies along with the Arduino and breadboard. I would liked to have made a larger version with a ton of insects but three ended up being a challenge in itself.


Copper Foil Tape wth Conductive Adhesive – 25mm x 15 meter roll

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