Animatronic machine

I challenge somebody to make a Instructable about how to make a animatronic machine! Wkipedia:Animatronics is the use of electronics and robotics in mechanised puppets to simulate life. Here's a video of some animatronics

Posted by HeyJD 7 years ago


Halloween Animatronics pop out

So for Halloween I want to make a pop out/ fly out creature. I want it to sit tucked away in the corner then shoot out two to five feet towards unsuspecting guests, to give the illusion of something flying out at you. I was thinking of doing the scissor (http://www.frightprops.com/pneumatics/kits/animatronic-kits/horizontal-scissor-mech.html?SID=d3f43bbaffe0a34f01e47e75eade4e39) but need to figure out how I'm going to be able to make it repeat over and over without having to reset it constantly. If you have any ideas please email me.?

Asked by gary9867 7 years ago


a few animatronic ideas could anyone help?

Hi all i want to build some small models and animate them. What id like to do is make some really small butterflys sitting on flowers rocks etc but want to make them flap there wings is therte any way i can do this??? also I want to add some small motors to some small windmill and watermill models to make them slowly turn. basicly Im a smurf collector who collects smurfs but also have a passion to create a whole smurfland in the loft rather than a train set lol. But I want to add some sort of anamatronics etc to make parts of it move and bring it all to life a bit more. So lights going on and off bugs flapping there wings etc mabe little boats moving around on the river? some of the characters moving some how? Basicly is there anyone who has any idea on how I can do any of it?? If you can help or point me in the right direction id be very greatfull. here are a couple of pics of a couple of my self made mini smurf houses that are only about 7 inches in hight. :-) Kind regards Steve ;-)

Posted by smurrell 5 years ago


Is it in bad taste or against the rules to enter a documented slide show in a contest? Answered

I built a life sized audience controlled animatronic salmon complete with night vision eye cameras for a local museum a couple years back.  Thought if this was allowed I could enter it in the kinetic contest.  Video to follow

Asked by iminthebathroom 7 years ago



Halloween Animatronics

So for Halloween I want to make a pop out/ fly out creature. I want it to sit tucked away in the corner then shoot out two to five feet towards unsuspecting guests, to give the illusion of something flying out at you. I was thinking of doing the scissor (http://www.frightprops.com/pneumatics/kits/animatronic-kits/horizontal-scissor-mech.html?SID=d3f43bbaffe0a34f01e47e75eade4e39) but need to figure out how I'm going to be able to make it repeat over and over without having to reset it constantly. If you have any ideas please email me.

Posted by gary9867 7 years ago


Wanted Arduino code writer (will pay)

Hi friends. I need someone to help me write Arduino code for my project. I will pay 20 US$ for each code you make...will put the money to your paypal account, or if you like can order something for you from EBAY and ship to your address.. please msg me I send you the flowchart and what the code is sopposed to do. Thanks

Posted by goldenshuttle 3 years ago


Simple Animatronics help?

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff32/evildrew81/people%20and%20stuff/saw_doll_tv.gif -Can anyone help me with making an animatronic mouth such as the one in the video? Can I use a RC Car servo? -Can someone also help me with a neck that can turn? Could I just use the back servo of an RC car so that it goes around Clockwise, and in reverse, Counter-Clockwise. -Is there a remote for servos that can controll up to 3-4 servos at once? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by ChaoBreeder 7 years ago


Does anybody know how to make a microphone activate a servo? Answered

My dad and I are wondering if anyone knows how to activate a servo by using a microphone. We are making some animated duck decoys (motion decoys) and came up with this idea. LEGO

Asked by Legoman200119 7 years ago


What motor can I use for my grim reaper on horseback?

I have a wonderful idea for putting a grim reaper on a horse, and have him bob up and down like he's riding it. The only thing I'm confused on is what motor do I need to use to make him bob. He weighs about 65 lbs (steel armature). I don't understand torque etc. and I'm not programming anything, just plugging him into a basic power supply. Any ideas would be wonderful.

Asked by lpfan3217 8 years ago


Uk based animatronic company i found mega cheap free postage

Ok I ordered an animatronic arm piece from the company and received it by the next day dinner time free postage and only £4.99 for the arm. The sell servos and everything cheap price all free postage, thought I'd share the wealth! Buy in bulk, great for us animatronic and robotics lovers! hope this helps! http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/mechatronics-online/

Posted by Zion_Sphere 7 years ago


The Puppet Contest is starting on March 25!

The Puppet Contest is open to Instructables that demonstrate puppet making, puppeteering and animatronic techniques. Whether you are working with sock puppets, shadow puppets, Muppet-style puppets, or animatronics, we want to see it. Anything and everything and anything puppet-related is fair game! We are particularly looking for well-documented instructables that show off your creativity, and talent. Participants will have the chance to win a number of cool prizes including a Canon Rebel T4I, and a custom Muppet Whatnot. The Puppet Contest is open March 25 - May 20! Make sure not to publish your puppet instructables before March 25 or they'll be ineligible.

Posted by jessyratfink 5 years ago


living- Animatronics - California

Hello,     So I have two things to talk about, one I have a few questions and two i have a story. -Story time !     So all my life I have wanted to do Animatronics, and live in California. Well last Tuesday I left my CEMS job (continual emissions                      monitoring), for many reasons. I have had this thought for a while to just pick up and leave. I did really enjoy my job but it was not what i had wanted to do, I was also tired of being lied to and disrespected. So my best friend was packing up the stuff out of his house and moving to another friends house. I told him "let's go to California" and he said "ok, sure" So we left, I had nothing but some friends and family tying me down anyways. So I packed up my Buick and his VW and we set off from Pennsylvania to California with no real plan what so ever. It was great, and still is, mostly ....  -Questions ?     So does anybody do any work with Animatronics, or live in California ? What is the best way to get in ? Wheres the best place to live in CA with access to good tech jobs ? -My experience is 3 Years of electronics, I am ETA certified, I have done FIRST robotics for 5 years and now mentor it, I also have tons of experience with computers/servers, also a good bit of CEMS experience. I am currently in Sacramento California, and just looking for some good advice Thanks Robert 

Posted by bobyo134 4 years ago


Someone with skills in servos, robotics and similar.

I'm on the search again after a little break to see if I'll be able to find someone who could help me out. I'm looking for anyone will the knowledge in robotics, mechanics/Arduinos/Servos/Animatronics for a project I am putting together; a spider creature mask. It would have functioning parts (i.e. eyes, mouth and more) and I unfortunately lack the skills to do this part myself. If you are or know of anyone capable of doing this sort of thing do let me know so I can discuss this further with them. It doesn't have to be started immediately I'm just looking for anyone willing to give it a go when they are available. I'm located in Sacramento California. Much appreciated, thanks for looking.

Posted by MagicLocket 4 years ago


How can I create a PPM-generating device whose output can be recorded as audio?

Dear Community,          In the late 80s and early 90s, the whole Teddy Ruxpin craze took off, and there were many spin-offs on this.  The basic idea was that the toy had a cassette player where one channel was directed to an audio circuit in the usual way, and the other channel had animation synchronization code directed to some sort of receiving circuit which controlled motors to make the mouth and eyes move so it would appear to be telling a story or singing a song.  My favorite instance of this (which I had as a child), is the Ideal Big Bird Storymagic based on the famous Sesame Street character.  There were so-called "satellite toys", Cookie Monster and Oscar which connected to Big Bird via a special patch cord, and they talked along and helped Big Bird tell the story.  I never had those though.  Different fans tell me that the animation sync code is Pulse-position modulation, the same code used over radio waves to guide remote controlled cars and helicopters.  I'm not sure if this is true or not.  I've looked at it in a waveform editor, and there appears to be some amplitude modulation going on here too.  (Please see below).  The highlighted (white) section is the span of two words.  The right (lower) channel shows the voice speaking these two words, and the left (upper) channel shows what happens to the code (which really sounds like a fax machine) as he moves his jaw down, up, and down again in time with the words.  Is this PPM, and if not, what is it? Now that I'm in my mid 20s, and I work with young children, I found one of these Ideal Big Birds on Ebay in great working order.   I'm wondering if it's possible to try to re-create what the manufacturers used to create this sync code in the first place.  Sesame Street created many nice "regular" story / music tapes with Big Bird as the central character.  I thought it might be cool to take some of these (especially the Follow That Bird soundtrack) and add the sync to make my own sort of unofficial storymagic tape (just for fun, and for my students, not to sel or share, as this would be a copyright issue).      I'm wondering if some sort of 1KHz oscillator-like device could be built that has levers of some kind, which could be routed through a DAW or a mixer, which would allow one to perform along with a program, and place the appropriate modulation envelopes into the stream of PPM to place the movements?  I think there are at least two kinds of modulation in the code; that for the beak, and for the eyes.  There must be other kinds of modulation for Cookie Monster and for Oscar.  If something like this seems practical and feasible, I'd enjoy learning about it, just for the fun of it.  If it is possible, I am also wondering how or where I could have it built, and for what sort of budget, as I am far better with my ears than with the soldering iron.  I have tried and tried, to no avail, to find someone in the “talking toys” community who knows how this was originally created.  Let me know if you'd like me to send you a clip of the audio file.  Here's a link to someone else's on Youtube so that you can see what I'm talking about.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this senseless ramble!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxCnmao8FAs Thanks a ton for any insights that you have!!!  I apologize in advance for the inherent nutty-ness of this post! ;)  Sincerely, Jessica

Asked by jtsoundtech 6 years ago


Animatronic hand help! Is this the right tubing? Answered

The instructables member Tannatraad  made an instructable on how to make an animatronic hand. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Animatronics-robotic-hand/#step1) and it is made using the black wire encasing tubing found in cars. I bought some, but mine has a slit running down the whole side. The picture shows exactly what kind of tubing it is (ignore the clear tubing.) Is there a simple fix, or do i have to go out and buy the right kind of tubing, if what i have won't work. 

Asked by freeza36 6 years ago


Animatronic "Skin"

Hello, I am making an animatronic tail, similar to the one pictured below and I am not sure how to go about covering it so I can put the fur on. I am thinking that some type of rubber tubing (and what kind of tubing) or nylon/mesh stretchy fabric, but I am worried about glue seeping through the fabric and onto the moving parts. What do people use for this stage of their project? Help!!!

Posted by sdtacoma 2 years ago


Animatronic chicken?

I need to build an animatronic chicken for a 4-H float (the cheaper the better). Can someone come up with an idea? I need one that makes it head go up and down, and one that goes side to side. Thanks all, I'm sure you can come up with something. _

Asked by Chicken_whisperer 9 years ago


Five nights at freddy's favorite animatronic

Who is your favorite anamatronic? Please no freaky pictures or videos :P

Posted by twilightfox 3 years ago


I am trying to make some simple animatronics for halloween (ie - no programming). Any ideas or links to help? Answered

I am having my first halloween in my first house. My neighbors said they go all out for holidays, and I've always wanted an awesome halloween haunt. My only problem is I've never had any electronic experience past screwing in a light bulb. I don't want to attempt programming dealing with relays or microcontrollers, etc yet. I'm just looking for things that will be fun and basic. Any body know of any ideas to get my props moving without zapping myself?

Asked by lpfan3217 8 years ago


Building a (Terminator) T-1000 Endoskeleton arm. Help?

I want to make a (terminator) T-1000 endoskeleton arm. I'd like it to be as realistic as possible, and I also want to articulate it using either servos or hydraulics. What would be the best way of going about this? I have a passion for animatronics and I'm desperate to do this, but information on the net seems very thin!

Asked by Davii 9 years ago


A kind request: Google Science fair vote

I recently entered my Science Fair project in the Google Science Fair, an international science competition in which entrants can build, research, discover etc. anything they want to. For my entry, I researched on how prosthetic limbs can be controlled by thought alone and found that much of the mathematical analysis of the brainwave data had to be improved upon in order to make such a technology usable. Here is a brief synopsis, in case you were interested: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My project is, at its most general level, based upon the idea of the brain-computer interface.In this sense of the definition, anything we use to interact with machines is a brain-computer interface, including our fingers. However, amputees often face difficulties after the loss of such a vital method of interaction. Through research, I found that a current medical device, the Electroencephalograph (EEG) could be implemented as a direct brain-machine interface; in other inputs on a computer (such as a cursor) could potentially be operated by thought alone. However, I also learned that, although EEG technology has been in existence since circa 1920, it still suffers from the age-old problems of signal filtration and desired feature extraction. This means that current signal processing algorithms are not able to interpret the electrical signals exhibited by neuronal synapses very efficiently, thus making such an interface wholly impractical and inaccurate. My project sought to rectify this through the creation of custom signal processing scenarios that utilized new algorithms; specifically, the use of Linear Discriminant Analysis and Vector quantization compression/extraction methods for enhanced noise filtration and the removal of known artifacts (sources of electricity other than the brain, such as muscles). However, I decided it was not enough to run software simulations; to determine its true real-world applicability, I used a 14- channel EEG neuroheadset to gather electrical data from my own brain. I then built a prototype robotic arm with an onboard processor that would translate signals from the computer. Finally, I used the programs I created to "decipher" the incoming brainwave signals, and send corresponding messages to the robotic limb. I concluded that, by using my programs to perform the signal processing, I was able to increase the accuracy of detected brainwave patterns by about 16%. Although this may not seem like much, the brain processes hundreds of thousands of ideas simultaneously, and recognizing patterns requires a great deal of processing effort on the part of the computer. Finally, I reached an accuracy of about 91.35% using the programs I created. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Further in-depth details can be seen here: http://sites.google.com/site/eegprosthetics/home Recently, after submitting my project, I was notified that I was one of the 60 semifinalists world-wide; as part of the judging process, there is also an award called the "People's Choice Award." Essentially, the public goes online and votes once in each of the 3 age groups (13-14, 15-16, 17-18) for the project they believe is the best. I am kindly asking if you would consider voting for my project for this award; I believe this project holds many potential applications in the real world other than prosthetics alone; such technology could be effectively utilized by patients with paraplegia, paralysis, or even polio. The voting process is simple: 1. Go the Google Science Fair Voting website: http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/projects/eeg_and_prosthetics.html (for my project) 2. Click the "vote" button in the upper right-hand corner Again, thank you for your time and consideration of my project, Anand S

Posted by tech industries 7 years ago


can anyone tell me how to program xbee using ardunio uno ?

I am making an "Arduino Wireless Animatronic Hand" by "njkl44" in which he told to program xbee using ardunio in which he has given program for ardunio software can anyone please tell me how to program xbee using ardunio (ardunio software) here is link for that project       https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Wireless-Animatronic-Hand/?ALLSTEPS thank you.....and sorry for my bad English

Asked by adesai5 5 years ago


how to build simple programable 2 function ( head pan and tilt) pilot figure for rc airplanes

Hi, I'm completely new to animatronics bot have been designing, building and flying RC airplanes for 40 or more years, I need some help with a project, namely, I wish to build an animatronic pilot figure for a large 1/3 scale airplane and would like it to be programmable so that once it is turned on, it will carry out a series of movements over and over until switched off.    These would be a combination of head pan and tilt that I could program into the system, the mechanical side of things is simple enough, a 2 servo camera gimbal but I need help with the electronic side of things..............can anybody help ??? 

Posted by Babyace 3 years ago


There's a monster in my dining room....

Hey well for start let me say hi, First post here, been a fan for a while, just get a membership and getting a pro account next month. Wanna know is any other puppetiers, robotic peoples, or animatronic fans are hanging about town. I am a full time student and I also own my own business, a post apocalyptic wasteland business filled with animatronic monsters...and errr, video games. I will be posting some how to do instructables asap. I make alot of toy food too. But in september I am getting a load of animatronic kit delivered and cold war stuff, some crazy experiments coming. Also do you US' guys and girls have Gemmy talking skulls, from the halloween range of walmart cus I cannot get one and would be greatful and pay pbviusly to get one for by animatronics and hacks, cus in the uk...we don't get no Gemmy products in general, maybe the odd thing. I am so budget poor at the moment I will show everybody how to build an ellaborate henson monster 1980's puppet from egg boxes....ooooo sorry for the hyper active mail, just excited about incoming material, plus I got a laminating maachine today and forced a tonne of stuff through that sucker.... good times!

Posted by Zion_Sphere 7 years ago


What kind of Pump do I need for Hydraulic movement in an animatronic puppet.?

I want to build a Hydraulic-based animated figure. Heck, I want to just build a small frame with a single moving piece and actuate it with Hydraulics. The trouble is, information on Hydraulics for hobby robotics/Animatronics on the web is pretty thin. I've found quite a bit of Servo related stuff, a little bit of Pneumatic stuff, but so far I haven't had luck finding a good tutorial on automated Hydraulic animation. Truthfully, I need information on the whole picture, but I understand the basics of getting a cylinder to move and how to set that up. I know how to do it with Pnuematics. Air is not quite power/accurate enough for what I want to do. I want Hydraulics. Ideas?

Asked by aarone 9 years ago


I want to make an animatronic head for a roughly lion-sized cat costume. Can anyone here help? Answered

Here's the problem I'm running into. I want the eyes to be able to look in all directions (or at least 8, anyway), the ears to turn and flatten, the mouth to open and close and the lips to pull back to show the teeth and I want it to do all this without external wires or me needing to have someone controlling the face wirelessly. Is there a way to do this? I know about bend sensors and pressure sensors, but I can't seem to figure out a way to use those without the face having seizures when I'm walking in the costume. Please see the sketch I have included of the roughed out concept for the costume to see what I've got figured out so far. (yes, it is supposed to have 2 tails.) Any suggestions?

Asked by Graceria 6 years ago


Need Animatronic / Robotic Costume Help

Hello all. I'm working on a project that I hope someone here can help me with. It's very complex and going to take a few years for me to complete. The project is an animatronic / robotic (either or both) centaur costume. The idea is to make it a one-person costume where the back walks with me as I move. It will also have certain preset-up movements linked to trigger points on the body. Such as, were someone to touch the rear-end, the tail will flick at them. I also want to be able to lie the body down on the floor while I'm in costume so I don't kill my legs standing all day. I'm playing with either having individual motors at each of the joints in the hind legs or using a cable, pully and gear system attached to the front legs (my legs) to drive them. I already have some drawings of my ideas that I've been working on but, since I've never done something quite this complex before, I'm hitting a bit of a road block. To be more specific, I have no idea what size actuators, servos or motors I'm going to need to make this thing move as naturally as possible. The frame will be aluminum and the hooves will be pine with some light stuffing and fake fur over it. I have no idea how heavy it will be. I will add the drawings as soon as I have them finished. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Graceria 9 years ago


Making a Michael myers prop have a few questions?

I'm building a michael myers prop out of a bust on a pole type of maniquin and I want to make him sound or motion activated I'm planning on getting a radio shack recording module to record the Halloween song but my questions are how can I make it sound activated or motion activated? what else do I need to make this happen? I also want to extend the speaker cord to put the speaker in his chest how can I do that? and I need a new speaker because the one the recording module brings is pretty bad any good speakers you recommend for an animatronic? 

Asked by Halloweenpropmaker 3 years ago


what is a good lightweight molding material?

I'm building an iron man animatronic  helmet and i need to know what will be the best molding material to make the helmet mold and how i would make that i'm a tech guy so i don't know about this costume stuff thanks and rember to follow me for awsome tech and science stuff.

Asked by jOker58 2 years ago


(newsletter) Music LED Light Box, String Pendant Lamp, Keyboard Rubik's Cube

String Pendant Lamp Crane Game Keyboard Rubik's Cube CD Roofing Tiles Billie Jean Light-Up Shoes Magnetic Spice Rack Simple Animatronic Robot Hand CPU Hot Plate Music LED Light Box Guides Ninja Ride Home Gardening

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Is there a Arduino code that can read the subjects emotions?

Hello there! I was just wondering if there was a Arduino code that could possibly read the person, who is using it's, emotions? I am trying to build an animatronic suit that also doubles as a costume. I wanted to make the ears move due to emotion but I haven't been able to figure out any code that could accomplish this though............. Hopefully I can figure out something though!!!

Posted by FNAF4life 2 months ago


Woodpunk Lamp, 3D Stereoscope Camera, Optimus Prime Costume

Woodpunk Lamp 3D Stereoscope Camera Optimus Prime Costume Delicious Fruit Tart Pokemon Snuggie Costume RC Quadrotor Dark Knight Joker Makeup Make Hard Cider DIY Suspension Bridge Arduino RGB LED Tutorial Halloween Robotic Top Hat Homemade Tofu Simple Animatronic Hand Gorilla Tape Gorilla Mask Green Lantern Prop

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


New Arduino and Rasberry Pi / HDMPi projects at Brighton Maker Faire

Hi all We discovered plenty of awesome projects at the local mini maker faire in UK last Saturday. Some really cool projects worth a look, including an voice-activated animatronic unicorn, wearable musical instrument, paint cannon... Here is the report which include links to tutorials: http://techmog.com/5686/hacked-unicorns-wearable-tiaras-and-unruly-robots-at-brighton-mini-maker-faire-2015/

Posted by londonarduino 2 years ago


The animatronic project Is finished

Here my instructableMy Animatronic Mod ProjectIn 2003 I made a casemod MONSTERMOD ( picture 1), Just a creature sculpture tearing out of a PC case.And It Didnt Move . So , I want the next MONSTERMOD to MOVE.Maybe to tell me that I have email.... Picture people's PCs having Heads .There favorite movie star or rock star maybe a animal. Maybe like Hal from 2001Space Odyssey .But, My animatronic Mod Has no A.I. But maybe one day. Im programmingthe 16 servo movements into the PC and press the play to play the movements a lipsync routine.Well, For Over 2 years now I have been working My Animatronic Mod.My Animatronic Mod is a floating creature head over a desktop case.( picture 2 IMG_1383.jpg)It controlled my a 2 Mini SSC II (http://www.seetron.com) this allow the computer to control 16 RC servos.16 RC servos = 16 Movements .I made the teeth out of dental acrylic, The samething denture are made of.Teeth and fangs are made 1st in tooth color dental acrylic and shaped.Then are placed in dental wax .,the mold is a silicone putty is place on the teeth allow to setup overnight.To demold the wax is melted away with boiling water leaving the teeth in the silicone putty sockets.This is called the lost wax process.( picture 3,4,)After I made the eyes out of dental acrylic ,Which is a molded ping pong ball is 40 mm .In half 20 mm sandwhich in between the 2 halves is a metal small metal ball 10mm give me a ball joint and socket.The iris is a painted metal washer. The veins are silk yarn And is cover with clear dental acrylic .The white of the eyes was changed to black color ,To give more of a alien look. ( picture 6,7)I molding the finished eyes alginate and casting them in ultracal 30, ( picture 8) Ultracal 30 is the hardest plaster made.And place them in the sculpture.This will be for Proper registration for the eyes in the skull.( picture 9 )I had to sculpt face in Roma Plastilina Clay ( picture 10)and mold it in silicone( picture 11a,11b, 11 ) This molding process called a matrix mold . A layer of water clay cover theentire clay sculpture and Ultracal 30 is place on top of the water clay .After setup ,Its demolded and water clay removed .This water clay has made a space for the silicone.Matrix molda thin layer of water clay is place ( picture 12 ) and made the core A .This gave me the thickest for the skin .Molded core A in silicone and a thin layer of water clay is place in this mold also this made core B.And this gave the thickest of the Skull. Now I have 2 molds.( picture 13,14 )Mold 1 is the Skin moldMold 2 is the skull moldI casted foam rubber in mold 1 ( picture 15,)http://www.monstermakers.com/foam.htmlTo make the foam rubber skin337 gms. base67 grams foaming agent33 grams curing agent15 flow enhancer24 grams gelling agent4 grams ammoniaThe room temp73 degrees 40%Using a Sunbeam MixMaster Mixer1. Speed #1 - 1 minute (to blend all components)2. Speed #10 - 3 minutes : blend all3. Speed #3 - 4 minutes : refine4. Speed #1 - 30 seconds :refine5. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : ADD GELLING AGENT ( picture 16 )6. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : Backturn the bowlFoam rubber can be tricky.Mold 1 was place in a Hot box oven for 11 hours at 125 degrees .= A very soft and flexable skin ( picture 15,16 )Hot box oven 3'x 3'x 3 " plywood box with foil insulation with a single burner. This must be watched.( picture 17,18,19)I casted urethane Plastic from smoothon.com in mold 2.This gave me the Skull,The skull was trimed and dental acrylic teeth and eyes were place inside the skull .The mechanics were place using R/C servos.The skin was painted with PAX ( is a flexible paint). The skin was glue on rubber cement to the skull .And the hair was glued rubber cement also and placed.Hair is from National Fiber Technology ,Hair 1 was Blended Black and Brown modacrylic with White and Brown Mohair and Natural Goat hair.And hair 2 Black with gray texturized modacrylic with Yak and Horse hair.The PCMy motherboard (MSI KT6) and AMD 2500xp video card (MSI 6600)The case is LIAN LI PC-V800B .To make the lip sync move ,I used VSA , Visual Show Automation , http://www.brookshiresoftware.comThis aloud me to make a lip sync animation routine. Synchronize with graphical audio MP3 file.Not only that My Animatronic Mod looks Wicked ,It Talks Back.(Picture 1st floor) ( Picture 2nd floor)I designed the animatronic so I could repair it if needed, And the support pipe is like a swing arm so I can work on the PC too. By removing the back of the skull. Inside there are 2 floors the bottom floor has 6 servos :1 Head Up + Down2 Eyes Up + Down and left + right2 Eyelids1 Jaw2nd floor 7 servos3 right,left and center Brows1 Nose3 upper lip wireAnd also 2 servos are in the Jaw for lower lip wireand 1 left + right servo gimbal= 16 servosWhen uncovered ,Here is 32 feet of servo cable.(picture32 feet )The only thing connecting to the PC and the Animatronic is a modular cable (Lookslike a phone cable). Which is plug into a modular adapter that plug into the PC's serial port . The end of the modular cable plug in Mini SSCII Serial Servo Controller.you would be surprise how many people are into making monsters. Ive beenmaking monsters , masks and makeup fx for 30 years now.I put my 2 hobbies that Ienjoy together.Computers and making monsters.Im a dental lab tech. for 20 years now .I make dentures for a living.Thank You so muchGary WillettTo see Video Demos http://www.youtube.com/willettfxhttp://www.servocity.com..................For Servoshttp://www.nftech.com/ ...................For Hairhttp://www.smooth-on.com/ ............ Silicone,Urethane PlasticbooksTechniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup by Lee Baygan Special Make-Up Effects (Paperback)by Vincent Kehoe Men, Makeup & Monsters: Hollywood's Masters of Illusion and FX (Paperback)by Anthony TimponeStop-Motion Puppet Sculpting: A Manual of Foam Injection, Build-Up and Finishing Techniques (Paperback)by Tom Brierton Stop-Motion Armature Machining: A Construction Manual (Paperback)by Tom Brierton MagazineCinefex

Posted by willettfx 10 years ago


Howto wire an AVR programmer to a microcontroller-socket? Answered

Hi, i'm bloody new into electronics and i want to make these "animatronic cat ears". I bought an avr-programmer with a usb-jack on the one hand and a 10pin-jack on the other hand, a chip and sort of a exchange-socket (dunno how it's called). Now i'd have to solder the socket (2x8 pins) onto a piece of breadboard and connect it to the 10pin-jack of the programmer  (otherwise i'd have to buy new programmer with socket for expensive 20 bucks). I can't really find the info howto wire things and i'm a lil bit afraid of frying things.

Asked by Luziviech 5 years ago


I'm looking for a simple way to control servos, with minimal electronics, and no programming, am i hoping for a miracle?

I'd like to be able to control a few different servos for a project i am considering, but I'm not too hot on electronics (i can solder, but i don't understand the principles of how it all works) and i don't know any programming. is there a way to control them in a direct way, i.e. push a button, turn 90 degrees? I'd also like to have more analogue control if at all possible. can anyone point me to an instructable? or help me understand what i need to do?

Asked by cyc4015 8 years ago


LOOK HERE!! CHECK THIS OUT!!! AWESOMENESS INSIDE!!

Hey guys! I made this animatronic project (A ROBOT CHEETAH NAMED FLUFFY) and entered it in the epilog, remote control, and the tech contest. The prizes look pretty juicy and I really want to win; could you guys please check it out and vote for me. here is a link to my project https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Your-Own-Robot-Cheetah/ New Users: all you have to do is click the orange vote button on top right corner of that link and click vote for the three contests you see there How can I maximize my audience and get more votes?

Posted by rptech 3 years ago


Making Michael myers prop have a few questions

I'm building a michael myers prop out of a bust on a pole type of maniquin and I want to make him sound or motion activated I'm planning on getting a radio shack recording module to record the Halloween song but my questions are how can I make it sound activated or motion activated? what else do I need to make this happen? I also want to extend the speaker cord to put the speaker in his chest how can I do that? and I need a new speaker because the one the recording module brings is pretty bad any good speakers you recommend for an animatronic?

Posted by Halloweenpropmaker 3 years ago


How can I maximize my audience and get more votes for a contest?

Hey guys! I made this animatronic project (A ROBOT CHEETAH NAMED FLUFFY) and entered it in the epilog, remote control, and the tech contest. The prizes look pretty juicy and I really want to win; could you guys please check it out and vote for me. here is a link to my project https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Your-Own-Robot-Cheetah/ New Users: all you have to do is click the orange vote button on top right corner of that link and click vote for the three contests you see there How can I maximize my audience and get more votes?

Asked by rptech 3 years ago


how do you get from Ampere to Ampere hours? Answered

I know, basically it's not too diffy. I checked wikipedia and in the end i get to Coulomb, but the information i need is: i wanna build these cat-ears: https://www.instructables.com/id/Animatronic-Cat-Ears and as material one needs a LiPo battery - the guy says "anything that will be able to supply 3A worth of current" and links to a 800mAh-battery at hobbyking. I first bought a battery with 4000mAh, say a battery that gives 4A per hour, but the one i got is quite heavy and i doubt that it's a good idea to use it in this light-weighted project - so how the hell did that guy get from a 800mAH-battery to the 3A worth of current? How do i calculate this way?

Asked by Luziviech 5 years ago


It's alive! Alive!

I've been wanting to build a Stargate helmet for a very long time but there was no way I could spend the cash to sculpt one in clay and do a fiberglass casting in a silicone mold so I had to improvise by using cardstock, paper mache and foam. I really wasn't going for screen accuracy as this is intended to be a costume helmet instead of an accurate replica. When I set out to build this I wanted it to be light weight, low cost and most importantly I wanted it to move. I still have quite a bit of work left to do- I still need to add the glowing eyes and do some filling, sanding and detail work plus paint. Watching it move for the first time was just awesome. :) <br>

Posted by Honus 6 years ago


Jobs for the Creative Techs?

I love studying electronics and doing creative things with electricity. I was an artist/musician throughout all of my youth and decided to switch over to creative electronics after discovering the art of circuit bending. I want to get a degree involving creative applications of electricity, but I'm having trouble getting a clear picture of what the job market is going to be like after i graduate. I am wondering what creative positions are available, not just with Instructables but in general. Are there any particular companies that would be good to look into? I'm trying to plan my degree so that it will be appealing to the companies i want to work for. I was an artist before i was a tech/engineer so I'm particularily interested in things such as product design, creative tech projects, animatronics, sculpture and art/music installations. Any advice would be great, I'm eager to find a job that will require my creativity and that isn't mundane. Is creativity something that is reserved to be expressed in my spare time or can it exist within the job market as well?

Posted by Vaginatron 9 years ago


Let's get making!

(THE FILTERS WOULDN'T LET ME THROUGH!!)Well, summer is almost here, and that means 2 months (in my case) of pure FREEEEDOM!!!!And what better way to spend the summer than catching up on a year and a half of making?Some things have happened back here, so I don't have as much freedom as I'd like. My grandfather is staying with us, so I don't have as much free time since I have to take care of him. Anyway, here's my checklist of things to make. If I make something, I will cross it out. My goal is to at least make 7 of these:Assassin's Creed Hidden bladeLearn to use BlenderMake an traditional animationLight TabletScreenprintingCardboard avatarPaper gunsTile pictureDragon EggMIB costumesGood Samaritan gun from HellboyLightsaberSun JarLED cubeE-bolaAnimatronic HandBike Lights* What about you guys? Got a list ready? Suggestions?

Posted by Keith-Kid 9 years ago


Spy Glasses, Animatronic Lion Mask, Speed Up Your PC...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 10, 2008 Welcome back. Instructables is a finalist for Best User-Generated Content Award in the Crunchies over on techcrunch. We'd love to win so vote for us! The Homemade Holidays Contest closes this weekend. Enter now or wait till next year! The Laser Cutter Contest finalists have been announced! Check out these cool instructables! WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista & run like lightning Give your Windows XP installation a complete overhaul with an updated interface, speed tweaks, and free software. Who needs Vista? posted by CharredPC on Jan 9, 2008 Pipe Loft Bed Get more space in your cramped dorm room with a trip to the hardware store and some quick construction.posted by nerdologist on Jan 5, 2008 Realistic, Animatronic Lion Mask with stereo night vision and amplified hearing Build a realistic lion mask with moving jaw, stereo night vision/color vision system, and amplified hearing augmentation. posted by Solion on Jan 8, 2008 Covert Spy Sunglasses Make your own sunglasses that secretly record video and audio for less than $50. Remember to use these powers for good and not evil, OK? posted by Kipkay on Jan 9, 2008 Making an army of Gromit's (Claymation Mold making) Fancy making a stop-motion animation Aardman style? Chances are that you will need more than one clay figure. You'll likely need an army. posted by edwatkins on Jan 8, 2008 Show off your project and win Lion Brand yarn!Contest closes this weekend! Shadow or Illusion Knitting Shadow knitting, or illusion knitting, is a process of knitting such that the finished piece has a hidden image only viewable from an angle. Learn how.posted by ERNesbitt on Jan 7, 2007 Give your loved one a real "fallen star" It may be romantic to name an anonymous dot in the sky after your loved one, but how about catching a real "fallen star" for them? posted by Kiteman on Jan 6, 2008 Perfect English SconesA recipe for the perfect rustic english scone which goes with sweet or savory foods like clotted cream and jam or parmesan and spinach... yum.posted by dancook on Jan 5, 2008 Noise Free HDD Does your computer's hard drive sound like it's getting ready for lift-off? Use this trick to bring some peace back into your life. posted by liknus on Jan 7, 2008 Turn a TI Graphing Calculator into an Intervalometer and Create Time Lapse Videos A quick and cheap way to make time lapse videos with a DSLR and a calculator that is quick, cheap, and requires little time or skill. posted by yonderknight on Jan 5, 2008 Laser Cutter Finalists! We looked at over 600 entries for the Laser Cutter Contest and decided on 14 finalists for the VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now the voting is open to Instructables users until Jan. 31. Vote for your favorite Instructables! Check out the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Announcement to see all the finalists and 20 second prize winners. Or you can go straight to the Voting Page to cast your votes now.   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Most Sophisticated/Complex Instructables

We recently compiled a list of the most sophisticated Instructables (based on the number of steps). Here's the top of the list--now you just have to read through every step.Animatronic Lion: Weighing in at 117 steps, this is the longest Instructable.Reduce Your Impact: 100 Ways to Reduce Your Impact.Elvis Alive: This project is much more than just a hound dog, crying all the time. Travel in Toledo: A winner from the recent Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest.Butler Bot: A robotic butler to serve your every command, in 58 steps.Wall-E Robot: For all of the Pixar fans out there.50 Handy Tricks: 50 of TimAnderson's useful tips.Nut Sheller: Remove the shell of any nut, especially helpful in developing countries relying on nuts for sustenance.Ambience Enhancer: Give any area a touch of ambience.Bicycle Power: Use pedals to power your home electronic devices.More Handy Tricks More tricks from TimAnderson.Chopper Bicycle: This bicycle will definitely turn heads.Rainwater Collector: Reuse the water that falls from the sky.More Handy Tricks: The handy tricks keep coming...Even More Handy Tricks: And 40 more from TimAnderson.

Posted by joshf 9 years ago


my vacation to Orlando florida.

I went on vacatioto Orlando Florida I went to Disney world.I got some pictures now.1.this is me playing ssbb 1st day2.I saw a Chipotle on the way down to Florida 1st or 2nd dayon the 4th day we got to the Disney World camp ground3.once we got to the Disney world resort camp ground I caught a lizard and named him Alfred.4different view5.the next day we went to Disny world and this is the first roller coaster we rode it was so wimpy I could take pictures on it.6.then once we got in to tomorrow land we rode space mountain and wow was that a good roller coaster.7.on the exit of space mountain they have these cool animatronics(sp?) 8.later we went on over to go on buzz lightyears spin something like that and on the way there we saw him lol9.when we finished with tomorrow land we went to holy wood studios this is one of the coolest pictures I took there.10.this was in the line of the star wars ride where you were you go to Endor... but you don't your going to have to ride it to see what happens.thats all for now.

Posted by the_burrito_master 10 years ago


Any suggestions for projects for beginners - particularly electronics?

I know this question is kind of vague, but I thought I'd go for it anyway. I'd like to start working on some fun projects to get me accustomed to working with my hands. I'm relatively handy, but don't have any hard core technical knowledge. I can "build" computers and such, but I'm no programmer or electrician. I found my way here because I love looking at Make magazine, but I never buy it because it seems like all the projects require knowledge I don't have. I want to learn that knowledge. Can anyone suggest any instructables that are good, cheap and fun for beginners? I'm particularly interested in the electronics and tech stuff to get some experience working with circuits and soldering and such. Eventually I'd like to build a basic robot. There's just so much out there, I don't really know where to start. I just want to have some fun and have detailed enough instructions that I have some hand-holding along the way. If anyone out there has suggestions of good instructables to start with, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks in advance for any and all help! Just in case it helps narrow down choices, I'll list some areas of interest: Gaming (RPG, Video & Board) Green Living Robotics (though I know nothing about it) Animatronics (though I know nothing about it) Guitar Home Repair (basic plumbing and building skills) Networking / Computer repair (I was an IT manager until just recently) BASIC Auto repair Science Fiction Comic books Thanks again!

Posted by JesterPoet 9 years ago


Walking With Dinosaurs

Following 68 million years of extinction, dinosaurs once again roam the earth in an extraordinary new theatrical production, Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience, which is based on the Emmy Award® winning BBC Series and is currently on a 2 year arena tour of North America. Staged by Broadway director Scott Faris with beyond cinematic realism, Walking With Dinosaurs shows how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.A team of over 50 craftsmen worked in a space big enough to house a 747 for over one year to bring the cast of fifteen dinosaurs to life. Audiences of all ages have been amazed and spellbound as they experience the dinosaurs, who are as fascinating and terrifying on stage as they were in real life. This is a show that could only fit in large arenas - as the creatures are so absolutely immense in size. It is the closest that audiences will ever get to experiencing the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. The show is brought to North America by Immersion Edutainment, led by Executive Director Bruce Mactaggart.An exhilarating arena show, Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience uses high-tech, state-of-the-art animatronics to present15 life size dinosaurs (up to 45 feet tall) such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus in a highly theatrical setting with a paleontologist narrating, who is our guide for the evening. The dinosaurs are designed and built by a team of artists headed by Sonny Tilders who worked with Jim Henson's Creature Workshop on such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.The tour will is now playing Philadelphia's Wachovia Complex from August 15th -19th and will then play Columbus, Ohio; Greenville (SC), Washington DC, Norfolk, East Rutherford, Winston-Salem, Nashville, Dallas and arrives in the New York area at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey from October 3rd - 7th.

Posted by laminterious 9 years ago


(newsletter) Magic Mirror, Duct Tape Batman Mask, Necronomicon...

Oct 30, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! It's getting dark outside, and if you ride a bike that means trouble. So find some way to make yourself more visible, and enter the Light Up Your Ride Contest! We're giving away three pairs of Bike to Work Pants from Cordarounds, and they're sweet so enter soon!The DIY Halloween Contest is scaring up awesome projects! We've partnered with some of your favorite websites to bring you the biggest and best Halloween contest ever -- and we've got tons of great prizes to give away. Show us your best costumes, treats, gadgets, jack-o-lanterns, and more! Check out the entries and get inspired for the best Maker holiday ever. Enter the Party Like It's 1929! Contest! With the economy in the toilet we need to find clever ways to save money, live with less, and reuse what we've got. Share your cash-stretching tips and tricks, and win something useful!Need some last-minute Halloween ideas? Be sure to check your inbox tomorrow morning for another special Halloween edition with lots of quick and easy Instructables! Mega Man Costume by craineum Making Faces by blightdesign Coin Slot Detector by semiotech Best way to remove event bracelets by noahw Tons and tons of spooky and amazing prizes! Win some seriously cool clothes for your bike commute! Necronomicon: Book Of The Dead by onespartan The Magic Mirror - Arduino Powered by alinke Rum Bubble Surprise by Mongpoovian Duct Tape Batman Mask by seamster Car Battery Wirefeed Welder by TimAnderson Grow flowers on a military base in Iraq by AndrewPBentley Build an autonomous Wall-E Robot by djsures Animatronic Rat by Falcon_3dee 10 ways to hide your identity andmake an impression Share your best money-saving tips! Rainbow Marzipan Cake by wupme Sugar Glass by ERNesbitt Eco-friendly Turbo-Boost Blender by mrfixits Laser-Cut Laptop Tattoo by nagutron Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago