My project is a bird which reacts to human presence & evokes, triggers a certain emotion in humans.
Inspiration: We everyday see birds around us but we hardly notice them or stop &think about how they feel. what they think, etc. The main motive of this project is to make people realize the beautiful environment around them. When we try to control the environment, it affects the creatures living in it. Thus the cage is a symbol, it is a metaphor used depict how we all have knowingly or unknowingly control the environment surrounding us.
Stage 1: when no one is around, the bird shivers & looks around for someone to rescue it.
Stage 2: as a person starts approaching, the bird starts flapping its wings & neck happily with the hope that it is going to be rescued.
Stage 3: when he departs the bird is again sad &awaits for someone to approach him again.
I basically tried to capture the natural movement of a bird. The way it reacts when it is happy, frightened, sad, etc. There were 3 movements involved:both the wings & the neck. hence, 3 servos were controlled by a sonar sensor.
The most difficult challenge was crafting a bird. the look had to be very natural & beautiful, eye pleasing to evoke an emotion in the user. The bird cannot have a rusty, grunge look. The most difficult was to hide the 3 servos & still control the movement. It should not be fragile but it should look delicate.
I crafted the complete bird in pure white foam board with joining the pieces thus making it stylized. The cage was purposely black & dark to create a contrast &evoke an emotion.
Taking this forward, I would like to add more gestures & movements in my bird which will make it more realistic. Sound will add more to it. The neck can move even up & down with the addition of one more servo. So my next steps would be to explore & try out new possibilities to make my project better.
The project was really inspiring since this required all the 3 skills- observation, articulation & execution.