Spear (1993) is our first automatic tickler. It is an attempt to reproduce the unpredictable movements of a blade of grass when it is blowing in the wind and gently touches your skin.

A spear of grass is suspended from a metal chain that runs through a circular contact. The spear is set into motion by a solenoid, which in turn is activated by the movements of the chain. The device must be positioned at a fixed height above the body, so that the tip of the grass strokes the skin lightly. This simple electro-mechanical system produces a chaotic oscillation, resulting in unpredictable, jerky motion patterns.

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