Memento Mori: Box Prototype

I’ve started to work on a somewhat more ambitious physical computing project. My goal is to create a kind of overly specific fortune telling machine. The user will push a large button, a box will open, and a lengthy fortune will shoot out. The content of the fortunes will come from NY Times obituary pieces.

I’m calling the project “Memento Mori” after theĀ Medieval artistic motif of the same name.

So far, I’ve built a simple prototype of the box that will contain the fortunes. A servo controlled by an arduino sketch opens and closes the lid. I quickly discovered that you need to hold the servo in place for it to actually be able to do anything…

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4 thoughts on “Memento Mori: Box Prototype

  1. Very looking forward to this project! I am very intrigued and want to see what kind of interface/trigger you come up with! Thanks for documenting it. B_

  2. Hi,

    Could you please tell me what servo you used? I am curious about how “powerful” it is. I have a micro servo 9G (tower pro) and it doesn’t seem to be enough for automatically open a box.

    • I believe I just used the “standard” servo from Depends how heavy the box lid is though…

      • Yeah, I know..but it’s like 30 x 30 cm and made of HDF (High Density Fiberboard), so it’s really not that heavy. Thanks for the reply!

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