Jan 25, 2009

Motorized Thaumatropes!

The SMFA Animation Integration class made motorized thaumatropes this week. A thaumatrope is an early Victorian era optical animation toy that was a paper disc with a different image on each side. Using string that was tied to either side of the paper disc, the user would spin the disc rapidly, causing the images to optically appear to blend into one image.

To make our thaumatropes we used 3v dc gear motors, batteries, wire, foam core, screws, washers, nuts and other stuff. Some people soldered, some people used breadboard circuitry, some people made special frames to hold the motors, and there was even a solar powered thaumatrope.

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