How to control animatronic head?

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Critiques' started by Abit, Jun 3, 2016.

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    Abit New Member

    I am looking to order animatronic head but I don't know how to control them.
    I want 3 parts to control:
    • both ears
    • both eyebrows
    • top lip
    I already chose a maker but they control their ears by head motion which is not what I want.
    My actual idea is simple - put magnet to thumb and magnetic switch to other fingers.

    I have 2 ideas how to use them:
    • switching moods - one hand (4 fingers)
      • 3 fingers - 3 moods
      • 1 finger - walkie talkie
    • setting each servo - two hands
      • 1 finger - walkie talkie
      • 1 finger - turn on changing mode
      • servos
        • 5 fingers (2+2+1)
          • L+R ear (2)
          • L+R eyebrow (2)
          • lip (1)
        • 5 fingers (2+2+1)
          • L + R ear (2)
          • both eyebrows (2 - 4 states)
          • lip (1)
        • 6 fingers (2+3+1)
          • L + R ear (2)
          • L + $ eyebrow (3 - 3 states for each eyebrow with one duplicate position)
          • lip (1)
    I have 2 problems:
    • which control type use
      • moods
        • + only one hand
        • - only 3 moods
        • + only one active magnet
      • separated servos
        • - two hands
        • + precise control of the expression
        • + requires bigger/stronger magnet - multiple active magnets on one hand
    • what else to use then magnetic switch because
      • it is made of glass (which is bad because I want to put them in gloves and I will need to be able to replace them)
      • is long (I will have to bend one output to make it able to fit)
      • will be behind two paw pads (on thumb and finger)
    There is always possibility to let someone else (my handler) to control it by remote controller. It will drain my batteries faster and I will depend on someone else which is not what I want (because of that I want to have cycling water bag to make sure I can drink whenever I want without help from outside).

    PS: for walkie talkie I want to use throat microphone because it's better then put it in front of my face (to muzzle)
    PPS: I don't like voice activation for walkie talkie
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2016

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