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Published on May 19, 2013
The Pennsbury High School Prom (Fairless Hills, PA) has been voted the "Best Prom in America" and every year students, faculty and friends all work together to turn the school into something resembling a Hollywood movie set. This year's theme was "Through the Decades" and featured the word DECADE spelled out in 20-foot high granite letters, a 12 foot disco ball, as well as the main street of a dessert town - and the UConTroll was there to help with the animation.
Mark Sanford, an avid DIY'er and regular contributor to the event, built a rattle snake for the dessert scene that used the UConTroll as a prop controller. He used one RC-servo to drive the head, and another to drive the tail. A motion sensor activates the tail-shake and head-attack. The snake was so realistic that many at the event thought it was an actual snake.
The web-configuration feature of the UConTroll allowed Mark to concentrate on building his prop, rather than spend a lot of time setting up and fine tuning the animation. Using his laptop's browser Mark easily modified servo positions and timing, and was able to test those changes in real-time. What would have taken him hours to accomplish with other prop controllers, Mark was able to accomplish in minutes.
For more information on the UConTroll and instructions on how to build Mark's animated snake visit: www.UConTroll.com/Projects.