animatronics

Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

  Animatronic Raven DIY Kit $255–$375, Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop, chickenprops.com Pololu Mini Maestro Servo Controllers $30–$50, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, pololu.com Here’s an awesome small-batch kit that’s got all the hardware and feathers you need to assemble a well-articulated animatronic raven that would fit into any imagineer’s menagerie. Includes laser-cut acrylic chassis parts, vacuum-formed […]

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Mechanical Monster Hands, Run for Your Lives!

Mechanical Monster Hands, Run for Your Lives!

How to make a working pair of giant monster hands and arm extenders for a costume.

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Finding Jim Henson in Junk: Animatronic Bots Will Make You Smile

Finding Jim Henson in Junk: Animatronic Bots Will Make You Smile

Using junk to build animatronic bots is whimsical and amusing. These cobbled-together bots are just filled with personality.

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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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Inside the Art and Technology of Robot Combat League

Inside the Art and Technology of Robot Combat League

Mark Setrakian’s presentation on the art and science behind Robot Combat League. See giant fighting robots go from concept to reality TV.

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The American Scream, a Film About DIY Halloween Enthusiasts

The American Scream, a Film About DIY Halloween Enthusiasts

The film “The American Scream” explores the motivations and preparations of three extreme Halloween enthusiasts in Massachusetts, who go all-out decorating their yards and houses for Halloween. It looks pretty interesting.

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A Peek Inside an Animatronic Display Workshop

If you’ve ever walked along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan during the holiday season, no doubt you’ve seen the incredible animatronic store displays in the windows of stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. In this excellent video, Cool Hunting interviews Lou Nasti, the animatronic mastermind behind many of these displays. Lou is the owner […]

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