Ceramics artist and Jigsaw member Ling Chun has just put up an installation as part of the Storefronts Seattle program. It’s an interactive animatronic piece consisting of eight maneki-nekos that do “the wave” when people pass by.
Here are a few photos of Ling constructing the piece at Jigsaw. Other Jigsaw members provided technical and moral support during the process.
Technical details: Each cat had its innards replaced by a servo, two X-band motion sensors are used to detect the presence of people, and a Parallax Propeller microcontroller drives the system.