Make Statler and Waldorf Animatronics

Introduction: Make Statler and Waldorf Animatronics

Statler and Waldorf.  The two old guys in the balcony from The Muppet Show.  I went to Disney World one year and saw Muppet*Vision 3D and they had animatronics of them.  According to a article online, the skin (or fabric) ends halfway starting where you can't see it from the main seats.  I decided for Halloween, that I was going to challenge my electrical skills and make a simple version of the animatronics.

Step 1: Materials

Here is what you will need:

* Propeller Servo Controller USB (this will be the "brain" for the servos. an Arduino may work too.)
* Servo Motors (I am using EMAX ES08A servos but any SHOULD** work)
* Latex Masks of the characters:  StatlerWaldorf
* Foam (this is to fill the masks so it looks like someone is wearing it.)
* (if you have the budget) you can also get a scissor lift or car lift and use that to lift them down so they duck saying "We surrender" (see picture)
* Windows XP or higher computer running VSA

**No Guarantee so comment if one doesn't work.

Step 2: Program Servo Controller

See my video below.

I had to drop this project due to the cost of the project. If I get enough funding I will redo this article with 3d printed parts and maybe even sell a kit.

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    Alfredo  Dente
    Alfredo Dente

    2 years ago

    You should do a KickStarter and a Indiegogo page in order to ern the money. If you don't get enough money on the KickStarter or the Indiegogo, then you can go to the other one you've made and check if that one has enough funds and use that one as your main money for the Animatronic project.