Step 5: Making the trunk

Modifying a trunk to hold everything was a challenge in itself.  I started with a new trunk, and continued to play around with modifications until I was satisfied that  it would provide a safe "home" for Robot Head 2, and would hold everything I need to make him come alive!

In the 1st photo I have shown where all the components are stored.  EVERYTHING, including a big yellow extension cord that I sometimes need fits inside the trunk.  Pretty much every bit of space is used, including the space provided by the lid.

The 4th photo shows the inside of the trunk with the head removed.  At the back of the trunk I hot glued a "custom" piece of semi-ridged foam (from a shipping box).  This keeps the movable part of the head from flopping around when it is being transported. 

On the left and right sides of the trunk's opening, you can see some black painted wood reinforcement.  I thought the original trunk was not quite ridged enough when the lid was opened, so I added these pieces to add stiffness. 

At the bottom is a shelf.  This gives me enough clearance to house the robot head and to have an area underneath for storage.

This trunk came with a fairly weak set of wheels, so I removed them and added industrial casters.  The casters at the rear are in a fixed position and the front casters swivel. 

In hindsight, I wish I had done more planning for the trunk.  While I am happy with the way it ultimately came out, I went through numerous renditions before I got it right. 

And finally, you probably noticed a lot of stickers on the trunk.  These are duplications of old travel stickers I found on the internet.  I printed them, laminated them with clear film, attached double-sided carpet tape to the back, cut them out, and stuck them on.  I figured they would sort of give the trunk a nice, interesting look.
<p>Hi! Looks very nice! Could you upload a video please?<br>Kind Regards</p>
A link to download the video is at the end of the introduction.
<p>How many Degrees of freedom does it have? What is the total cost (100 dollars accurate) and just to be sure: no sensors were used, right?</p>
<p>waaw! that's amazing! very inspiring! Are you planning on making a case or fur or something?</p>
What I want to know is where you got that cool circuit board wall paper or whatever it is
It was a background drape at a national sales meeting, and was provided by a graphics company. I have no idea of its source.
to Mr.knife141 &gt;&gt; I am very interested in what you have created. presumably can you share how to make the robot and the robot code? please help me <br> <br>thx
How to make the robot is documented in the instructable. I would suggest you go back and read the words as opposed to simply looking at the photos. As for the code, I explain the approach I took in one of the steps of the instructable. The actual code would be meaningless to you, because it is entirely dependent on the dialog and and the movements required by the particular dialog.
What references do you use? <br> <br>thank you
Knife141, could you build a program like Siri, it'd be quite complex but I'm willing to pay
I have no interest in building such a program, but I think Apple has one.
to Mr.knife141 &gt;&gt; I am very interested in what you have created. presumably can you share how to make the robot and the robot code? please help me <br> <br>thx
I want to build animatronics for a living what do I go to school for
Sorry, can't really help you with that. I am self-taught when it comes to animatronics. Someone on staff in the computer science and/or engineering department at university could probably shed some light on the subject. Good luck!
<strong>can i have the code plz </strong>
This is awesome. Did you make a video? If so I would love to see it. Great job!
A video was included in the introduction (it is beneath the photos). I also included a link to the video in youtube in the text of the introduction.
Oh!! I see it now. Thanks!
HI, how do you get your demonstration dates? Do you advertise or is it through word of mouth? I want to take my animatronic, Peter Penguin, on tour.
I do a lot of volunteer gigs with Robot Head 2 -- mostly schools, church activities, etc. Doing some freebies tends to get the word out. Elementary schools are a great place to start. Find a teacher and let them know you're available (free of charge) to give their students a demo when they start a unit on inventors, or science, simple machines, etc. If you're interested in eventually getting more exposure, leave each student a photo of your device with some contact info.
Great idea! Thanks. I used to do a lot at the elementary schools when my kids were young and my sister is now a teacher there. I think that will be a good place to start.
Thanks for the kind words! I change the sound file based on the routine. Sometimes I give him a British accent, or U.S. accent, man's, woman's, etc. I thought about making his head a bit more &quot;realistic,&quot; but decided it would be a better challenge to keep the head simply out of wood and use the movements to generate expressions. It's a bit harder, but in person people are really surprised that a simple wooden head can appear to have expressions. Thanks again for the comments.
To reply to someones comment hit the reply button in the bottom right corner below the comment, otherwise the commenter will not receive your reply.<br><br>Nice instructable!!
Thanks for the info. Just learned something new!
No problem :')
A video was included in the introduction (it is beneath the photos). I also included a link to the video in youtube in the text of the introduction.
This was fantastic. The quality is actually quite stunning. Despite the really scary appearance I think that this could really go somewhere. Fill in the models with some kinds of fabrics or other malleable materials a little more appealing to kids. <br><br>Great work!<br><br>p.s. Didn't like how preachy the sound file was though.

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