"Kelly" the automata

  • Meet Kelly. The clapping mechanism on wheels. 
  • The more you push, the more she claps for you.
  • Kelly is featured in the Tangible Thinking exhibit, Providence 2015
    Blue backdrop credits to Nic Der
  • Process
    1. Making the mechanism work: I fiddled around with foamcore
    until I figured out how the mechanism worked.
  • 2. Since I knew I wanted to make it out of plywood, I went ahead to make
    these pieces to test resistance between the wooden boards and dowels.
  • 3. My initial model was this layout of 3 rows of 3 clappers
    but it looked too clunky so I revised the form to be 1 row of 7 clappers.
  • 4. Working on the final