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  • Does anyone know how to make an AA

    If anyone knows how to make a simple AA not like lucky the dinosuar.Or if anyone has any links that would help.
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      TECHNICALLY all you need is a knowledge of programming and an electronics background. (basically it is a robot set to music) but since the ts failed to include a budget, or what skills they have my advice is very limited.
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        Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

        Haven't a clue Ryan. Good luck

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          Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

          I got to look at one close up when I went on the "walk in walt's Footsteps" tour.


          It was a flower from the Tiki room...

          all it was was a little device that would open the "mouth" of the flower whenever a electrical current was sent through it.
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            Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

            Well... mechanics is a big one... I've made my own AA's before using pneumatic actuators, also using gear motors, gear boxes, and servos.

            What kind of design are you looking for? I may be able to help you out with the mechanics depending on whether or not you want to go with electric motors or actuators.

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            • #7
              Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

              Tricky stuff, man. And don't fool yourself into thinking Lucky is simple! He's got lots of different preprogrammed motions that are activated in real-time by the operator.

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              • #8
                Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

                Well that depends. We've built several but no "humans". Most of what we did was almost 20 years ago for Halloween displays at home. It did take a fair amount of computer hardware and software knowlege. Our first system wasn't able to edit a show so you had to record all the movements at once. Make a mistake, do it all over. That didn't last long. Our second used a much bigger (not by today's standards) computer (PDP11/23) and would allow you to punch in edits while the show was playing. Much better!

                Today you can buy controllers off the shelf to do much of it. If you're not into writing code or building hardware and it's a simple character you can even use midi (musical instrument digital interface) hardware for your controller. There are a number of programs, some pretty inxpensive, that can record / play both midi and digital audio. There are a few companies that make midi to relay driver boards that you can use to control pneumatic valves and actuators. Record your sound track digitally and then perform the characters animation on a midi keyboard. Depending on the software you can even go back and correct animation mistakes. This is a pretty simple system with no positional feedback from the character so the positions are not very accurate. Think Chuck E Cheese characters. We did a controller for Mr. Munch (the purple furball) that performed the Monster Mash.

                We had lot of fun doing our systems but in our area, Halloweeen isn't a big thing any more so we quit setting the stuff up about 10 years ago. I just gave away my last controller a couple of months ago.

                Steve

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                • #9
                  Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

                  We have two AA's that I use for my Haunted Mansion Halloween event. They are simple. Only go up and down and the arms pop out but they work really good and have pretty fast movement.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

                    Here's a link to the Animatronics Resource Site.

                    Good luck and come back and tell us how it went!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

                      Here is a good site for people who are making simple AA

                      http://www.phantasmechanics.com/
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                      • #12
                        Re: Does anyone know how to make an AA

                        All you need is some red construction paper, dental floss, some paper clips, and some used chewing gum.

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                          Making something do something over and over is easy, you can just have a motor spin a cam or something. But when it comes to actually controlling the distance and speeds that are somewhat random, then it gets tricky.

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                            Originally posted by The Mad Hatter View Post
                            All you need is some red construction paper, dental floss, some paper clips, and some used chewing gum.
                            What?, No Duct Tape?
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