For the semester project, i am planning to make a tree that looks at people that approach it.
I’ll intend to use the i-cube X with small geared motor to facilitate the free rotation of the tree.
Optical sensors or Distance sensors which have an effective range of 80cm should be adequate to detect nearby people.
The diagram below is a simplified version of the device.
I’m currently having second thoughts on the fibre optics, as im not sure of the benefits of adding them and they currently feel like a very arbitrary complexity to the project and appear to be more of an aesthetic aspect.
Lastly I’ve considered adding auditory feedback as it adds both user feedback. The feedback is for when the device is in its different states of function; searching for people, finding a target and being locked on and facing a target.