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June 23, 2014 AT 1:00 am

From the Forums: Coathanger Chopper – remote-controlled coat-hanger

Michael Schoner has been getting some help and suggestions for Coathanger Chopper, a remote-controlled coat-hanger project, in the Adafruit Forums. Here’s one of the elements he’s working on now:

I’m trying to fix some bugs on my flying coat-hanger. It’s actually a coat-hanger powered by two computer fans that are remote controlled. It is hanging with counter weights on a mobile so it can move around. Now I bought your slip rings to solve the 12 volt power feeding without braking the cable through twisting it too much. I have two mini ones and one with a flange… (read more)

And here are notes from the last version of this project installed in a gallery back in 2012:

The Coathanger Chopper is a remote-controlled coat-hanger, dangling from a mobile, which allows it to move around in space.

It is powered by two 1,8 watt computer fans, that can be tilted up and down like the eyebrows of Number 5 (the robot of the 1986 movie “short circuit”), thus causing the hanger to spin or move for – or backward. The downward draft of the rotors causes light cloth to wave. In motion the cloth appear to be floating, sometimes moving slow sometimes slinging by fast on the levers of the mobile. Two kilos of salt and one kilo of sugar act as counterweights.

The Coathanger Chopper was shown as part of Amsterdam’s fashion exhibition Winter Salon in collaboration with Painted (Saskia van Drimmelen and Margreet Sweerts). The installation at Droog Designs’s flagship store featured a large projection of the song “The One” by Toversex (Pieter Wackers and Erzsi Pennings) starring Natascha De Jong dancing.
Behind a wooden screen people could try on knitwear out of the “Secrets” collection and place an order.
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