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Hump's Gym at Argyle Fine Art

If you are strolling Barrington Street take a look in the big windows at Argyle Fine Art. There you will find Hump's Gym, our automated holiday insect boxing automaton. We originally created Hump's as a puppet theatre for our award winning stage production of Hard Boiled: A Sal Dali Crime Tale, Hump's Gym. For this year's Nocturne Festival, we added servos and a micro controller to allow our intrepid insects to train and spar all by themselves. For Argyle Fine Art, we added a roof, holiday decorations and even more animated bugs to bring our gym to life.

Hump’s is animated by 11 servos of various types and sizes. A servo is a small motorized device that can rotate to a specific position based on an electronic signal. For this, we used an 18 channel Mini Maestro Servo Controller from Pololu. The real challenge for us was developing ways to attach these servos to our insect characters, some of which were originally created to be rod puppets. For some, like our heavy …

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