I've been busy trying to figure out other parts of my costume planning taking screen shots from a model viewing program and then was looking at tutorials for Worbla and other crafting stuff. lol
If the Gold-N-Rods were basically an extension of the servo arm, then that would work. I could keep more of the flower inside the tube and then they'd be bigger when expanded. I tried to find a video of a Gold-N-Rod and saw some pics, then video of an RC helicopter. Now i'm getting sidetracked again. So many interesting things to do in life, yet so little time. Would the Gold-N-Rods be able to push about 1" out? I could attach the flowers to the end of those maybe and then not have to worry about figuring out other tubes to run perpendicular to the surface of the vine tube to contain the flowers.
I agree with not having to make a custom PCB for this, even though i like to do a lot of things myself if i can. I don't need anything too fancy or expensive - just something that can control 6 servos moving them all one after the other and waiting for that action to complete before moving them all again one after the other taking the flowers back down.
This will probably only be used for a couple of days most likely or whenever i feel like playing around with it. Maybe i'll even reuse it at a future convention as well.
I've been looking at some robotics tutorials and they mention having a separate battery for the servos. I don't know if that means one battery to power all six servos separate from the microcontroller or if that means one battery each.
I was hoping i could just go into a store and see a bunch of plastic tubing or spring coils vertical against the wall like how hardware stores have their copper pipes of various sizes on display.
Looking at the bow again i'm thinking i could hollow out the handle from the front to hide the electronics in and then maybe use velcro to secure the front fascia or something. I haven't thought that far yet and would just like to start with the mechanisms first. The animation is hard to drag trying to view at a certain angle when dragging moves the animation in 3 directions.
I'm going to bed and then hope to get some cleaning done and find a job so i can pay for this project. Then once i have all that taken care of, i can start looking forward to saving up and moving out. One step at a time, though it seems some steps are long overdue.
Thankies again for the help! Not sure what stores i can window shop at for flexible plastic tubing that i could use for the vine portion but at least now i have an idea of how to make the flower parts work.
Oh, i've come across a company that ships luggage to one's destination beforehand that has had some good reviews so i may be able to make my bow in as few pieces as i can after all!
If i hollow out the handle and use a fabric flap or something that only covers the hollowed area, i could just attach that with velcro if i can somehow secure one end of the flap and have it blend in with the solid section of the bow so as to not leave a visible seam... but alas, i should get some sleep.