Animated Smart Elf with Raspberry Pi Servo Controller




Introduction

In this project we show you how to Animate an Elf on a Shelf with the PivotPi, a Raspberry Pi Servo Controller, making it a smart Elf. We’ll attach a small servo to the Elf’s arm to make it wave, we’ll use a distance sensor to see if anyone is close to the Elf on a Shelf, and we will tie it all together with the Raspberry Pi and GrovePi Zero.

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When someone approaches, the Elf will begin enthusiastically waving! This project will demonstrate how to easily add motion to an otherwise lifeless Elf and other toys.

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Next, using the small arm that comes with the servo, we attached the Elf arm to the servo arm using some wires.

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We prepare the controller by first placing the SD Card in the Raspberry Pi:
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Then attach the PivotPi to the GrovePi Zero. We use the two supports provided with the PivotPi and a small screw driver.

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