I saw this quote when I was a very little child and it has stuck to me till date. “A child gives birth to a mother” – I interpret this in two ways.
First, it could mean that only a child can make a woman’s life that of a mother. Having a child gives a mother another meaning to life.
Second, it could mean a girl child grows up to become a mother and continue the cycle of life.
For this project, I wanted to make a story around this theme. So, by using the concept of card-storytelling, I depict a girl child growing up to give birth to another girl child, who continues and this process goes on and on, continuing life.
On an implementation level, I used an H-bridged assisted DC motor to turn the circle of life as the story plays. For the cards, I used mini-servos to raise and drop the cards. These are programmed in unison to tell a story from beginning to the end.
Link to video and documentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-XYwe_ldmF9WUJzalFmd3RRcG8/view?usp=sharing
The challenges I faced were primarily setup related. I have never had any experience in designing and beautifying projects. This was my first small step towards making projects a bit more presentable than I had ever done. I still have a long way to go, but I respect the final iteration I landed up with.
Further, starting the servo motor was a bit of a challenge, but was quickly resolved by rewiring the entire circuit again.