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StarBots Animatronic Kits: Another Kickstarter Success Story

StarBots Animatronic Kits: Another Kickstarter Success Story

What was the secret sauce in StarBots animatronic kits?

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Animatronics Kits for Learning

Animatronics Kits for Learning

I just stumbled across the Star★Bot animatronic platform kit out of the community of makers in Florida. It’s designed for kids to “create animatronic robots and learn microcontrollers, mechanics and papercraft.” Its Kickstarter campaign ends in a few hours! Pat Starace developed the kits at FamiLAB “Central Florida’s provider of space, tools, and community for creative technical learning and projects.” (All the organizers for the Orlando Mini Maker Faire met at FamiLAB.)

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Close Encounters of the T-Rex Kind

Close Encounters of the T-Rex Kind

The Maker Faire Bay Area brings in Makers from around the world, like 15 year-old Gabriel Diaz Yanten, who is coming all the way from Chile along with his animatronic dinosaur puppet, Anacleto. Anacelto is a 12.8 feet tall and 8.2 feet long T-Rex that Gabriel designed and built with the help of his uncle, a mechanic.

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Animatronic Peep Show

Animatronic Peep Show

The good kind. You know, with little marshmallow candies shaped like chicks baby birds. Built by Kyle Ringgenberg:

In the spirit of Easter, I’ve designed and constructed an audio-animatronic “Peep” Show. This is inspired by a long-running pun amongst of group of friends of mine. Total part count: 10 Servos, 29 LEDs, 1 Arduino, 1 Audio Decoder IC, 1 Push Button, 1 0.5 W Speaker, ~650 Lines of Code, 3 Sheets of Foamboard, 5? of Balsa Wood, 3? of Dowels, 25? of Wire, & 11 Peeps.

[Thanks, Rachel!]

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Billy Bass brain upgrade

Here’s a Design News Gadget Freak column on using an ARM-powered processor (the MBED ARM Cortex-M3 MCU Dev Board) to make a Billy Bass animatronic fish speak and move as you wish. [Caution: mild cursing in the video.] Gadget Freak Case #150: Hotrod Your Billy Bass

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Giant animatronic Gomora costume

Is it too late to order up one of these for Halloween? But it’d be kind of lonely bounding around in the parking lot while the party rages inside. How do you say: “Hey everybody, come outside and watch me kick Ultraman’s butt” in Kaiju? Gomora Giant Animatronic Monster Costume

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Incredibly creepy photoreactive animatronic, um, thing

Incredibly creepy photoreactive animatronic, um, thing

and has seven servos and several vacuum-formed pops. The rest is “plywood, paper clips, and popsicle sticks.” [Thanks, Matt!]

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