Tis the season, as the say. Christmas was inching ever so close, and we had a deadline to hit. Scenic had the daunting task of building Sant’s house, with interactive elements within the house. A fireplace, Santa’s letters, a small gift station, the illustrious Christmas tree and more. Making it feel oh so warm and cosy.
Objective: Making the ever so loving Santa’s little elves. The plan was to have them all over Santa’s house, hidden in the random spots all over the house. Some would be poking behind the Christmas tree with gifts, hiding behind Santa’s workstation popping their little heads every now and again. There was also a thought of adding one that would pop out of a present, like a Jack in the Box.
We had a few things to consider for this project, first the deadline and second how much we can deliver within the deadline. We cut a lot of our plan down to scope and decided to have the elves poking off a huge stack of gifts exclusively. Since that part of the room is in the viewable area of the guests that would enter the house, it seemed like the best idea for the situation.
We decided to use linear actuators to have the elves pop in and out from the stack of gifts. At the actuator’s lower most position the elves would be completely covered by the gift boxes and when the actuator slowly ascends the elves pops in view, all with different actuation lengths.
Before we could work on the electronics, we were told to provide the locations for the elves so that the stack of presents could be arranged around them. Caroline helped put all the elves in place on Sketchup, to get an idea of placements and prospective.
With that sorted we can now look at building the essential control panel for this project. The setup was straight forward:
Programming was simple, we generated a random sequence of actions for the elves, where at given time only one elf could pop-in and out. There was a total of 9 elves that were placed in different locations within the pile of gifts.