I'm a university student currently reading computer science. I've had this idea for a project, it's essentially an array of motors which need to move up and down (it will be programmed so that some of the motors move less or more than others) creating a 3D surface effect.
Here you can see an example, each of the grid squares would be an individual 'pin' which would (I assume) need to be driven by its own motor.
Although I have had a lot of programming experience, I have near to no robotics/electronics experience, so I was wondering if I could get some feedback and suggestions.
What would the best component be to use? Budget is an issue and if I used the cheapest motors I have seen (around £1.30 each) I would be looking at spening around £130 for a very very small prototype. I don't know if pistons or something are feasible; any ideas?
Thanks for taking the time to read through, feedback, as I say, would be greatly appriciated.