The original flexinol hand kit uses a 555 timer to slowly control each finger sequentially.
The relays are controlled by midi notes. I added finger sequencing info to the Addams Family MIDI file,
by added special notes on MIDI drum channel 10 : note numbers 0 to 4 do not have a sound assigned in the synth, so I used them to control the fingers of the hand.
I added these 'control' notes to the Addams family soundtrack midi file using a midi editor.
This way the hand motion is synced to the MIDI music. Initially the hand worked quite well, but a bit slowly.
I have done some experiments on the hand kit, trying to boost the speed, adding some counterforce, playing with different currents, and replacing the ripped up cardboard wire guides with kapton tape.
By time the time I recorded this video, the hand was already in bad condition, but the fingers still moved.
Running the entire MIDI file, the beaten up hand taps like this now :
Well I'm done with this setup.
Next up is replacing the 'default' wires in the hand with thinner / faster flexinol wires.
Maybe also add air or water cooling for a much faster response time.