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Tipping Hat Tips Itself #WearableWednesday

November 05, 2014 Becky Stern

Hats Off Challenge competitor Miles Flavel made a hat that tips its own hat to you at the press of a button.

As we enter the final hours, I have completed what I thought would be impossible. The Tipping Tophat finally tips, bringing my kooky idea to reality.

When I first began work on the hat, I had a rough idea of how it was going to work, except that I had no idea of the challenges I would encounter as it all came together.

The biggest issue here was space. It turns out dolls aren’t as small as you would think and getting half of one inside a hat, with room to spare, is quite a squeeze. Luckily I had almost exactly the right amount of space. Occasionally on the way up, he catches on the lid slightly but I can avoid that by being gentle.

My second crisis issue was that the servos I used didn’t have quite enough power when running off the rechargeable battery provided in the kit. Fortunately, the kit also included a second connector and I had a spare 3xAA battery holder lying around, which was just enough to get it working reliably.


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