Honestly, I think the thing could've been done completely with no sound and be just as entertaining. In other words, there's a lot of flesh jiggling going on. I'm open to any bets on when she'll make her debut in a skin magazine. I'm not saying the video itself was bad, I of course like some flesh jiggling, especially from Lindsay Lohan. After sitting through the video, I was rewarded by an awesome Korn video called "Word up." Man, that thing was awesome, they got their faces put on to dogs bodies, I laughed my ass off. Enough of MTV, back to more important topics...
A couple of months ago I had an idea that I wanted to do some sort of robotics project, and that project turned out to be a robotic simulation of a human hand. I've just been thinking a lot about it lately, how i'm going to make actual hand movements, etc.
Previously I thought about a solenoid, but the ones that I found seemed to have too little extension, and thus not giving the fingers the range of motion that I wanted. I then thought about (with a suggestion from my dad) a pneumatic piston, but this idea, though it would be more flexible than a solenoid, did not seem like a great idea to me. I didn't like the thought of having to refill an air tank just to play with the thing when it ran out of air, and everytime that I think of anything pneumatic, I always think of the PSSSSSHT noise that accompanies them.
Yesterday I was looking through the new Jameco catalog, and I saw something that seems to have been made just for what I want. Muscle Wires are shape memory alloys that actually contract when a current is passed through them and heats it up. Not only that, but it can pull weights down that weigh a lot more than the wires do. Another benefit to these muscle wires would be their compact size. Fitting 5 solenoids in the volume of my arm didn't sound very good, so this would be perfect.
My idea for this robotic project later on is to take a mold of my arm and create a realistic looking shell that all of this stuff can go into, so theoretically, i'll have a moving replica of my hand up to about my forearm. That's the plan anyway. I want to order some muscle wire and play with it to see if it'll work like I want. If so, time for a bigger order [smile].
Unfortunately I didn't work anymore on Reversi yesterday. So today i'm thinking i'll at least implement sound and write a function to see if you're making a valid move. I'm sure i'll update more later on.