This is my animatronic tail work in process. It currently only has 2 x 343 ounce-inch servos moving it. The plan is to have a total of 6 actuators with every third segment being a control point, breaking the tail into three independently controlled sections.
The current way in which I am controlling the movement is with a pair of flex sensors and an Arduino Uno.
The joints of the tail have been redesigned so that they are stronger. At this point, the plastic will break before the joint pulls apart in regular use. Being ABS plastic, the same plastic Legos are made out of, this tail is able to take some abuse.
The purpose of this tail design is for my fursona, which has a bionic tail. I hope however, that the control system we are developing will be able to be implemented with multiple tail designs for use with multiple species.
The current rigging was made for use at Naka Kon in Kansas City. I did wear it for an extended period of time, and it was rather comfortable. The only down side was sitting. I had to be careful how I sat down.
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