No fur actually, the costume I'm make ing is broadway from disney's gargoyles, so the only weight will be a few pieces of 1/4" thick wood strung along a hose, and most of the weight would be on the wire that is static. It'll have a layer of craft foam to help define shape and will be skined in spandex. It's not that I'm afraid to learn to program, I just don't have time to learn right now. I work 10 hour days as a machinist, and try to use my few hours to take care of other stuff. I do intend to get a raspberry pi soon, so I know I'll have to sit down and learn Linux for it. I figure that if I use some sort of timer circuit, such as the 555 timer that was recommended, I can tell one side to contract then the other, it'll just be a case of figuring the right setup.