Hello Instructables readers! I'd like you to meet my buddy Beaker-bot. As you probably already know, Beaker is the Lab Assistant at Muppet Labs and hapless victim of numerous lab accidents. Well, I set out to create a Muppet calibur style Beaker out of stuff that I had lying around in my basement. The result is a example of an animatronic character that can be created out of some old materials and holiday decorations.What is Animatronic Beaker-bot?
Well, the Beaker-bot is a animatronic puppet that will "sing" to the sound that I play through him. Meaning, If I hook up an iPod or other music playing device, he will lip-sync his mouth to the music or words. He is also a fully functional puppet with Beaker style head and hand control. He also has a electric button to control his animatronic mouth, and for fans of more classical puppetry, Beaker-bot does have a classic rod to control his mouth as well.
Beaker-bot, for me is both an excellent puppet for someone like me who does not have good enough puppetry voice skills to talk on my own. I also can have him on display, and he can talk and sing without a puppeteer, which is one of the major advantages of animatronics. I plan on having him on display during holidays such as Christmas.
I better mention right here that this is my first attempt at anything puppet or animatronic related. I am very happy with the results for my first try. I have no clue what the professionals use in their methods, and I am pretty sure that the methods I use are not the same as what is done professionally. That being said, the methods I used turned out very well for my needs.
Here is a demonstration on Beaker-bot's automatic speaking and singing abilities:
I had a demo of Beaker singing some songs here, but I decided to move it to the last page as a finale. Feel free to cruise to the last step to see Beaker singing! I also have a demonstration of using Beaker-bot for traditional puppetry. Beaker has full head rotation and can duck his head as well.
Here are a few ideas of what to do with the Beaker-bot:
- Dress him up for holidays and have a memorable singing decoration
- Have a Fun prop to display
- Play pranks and jokes
- Learn about puppetry and gain new skills
- Hook up to Karaoke machine for added singing fun
- Set him up to play with your music collection