Animatronic Bloody Hand- Chop!

 

Animatronics are not always just about making creatures or robots…

…sometimes they are necessary to allow a director to CUT OFF A HAND!

 

 

Partnering with the amazing special makeup effects studio Cosmesis and the very talented Clinton Aiden Smith this special effect will be in the movie “Zulu” ( starring Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, and more )

The entire effect is one long continuous shot. Hence the need for an animatronic arm to be used from the beginning of the shot, look at the storyboard:

 

To be a small part of what will be an excellent movie with a great cast is an honor for us. Thank you Mr.Smith!

 

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Animatronic Top Secret Agent

 

James Bond.

Stirling Mallory Archer (codename: Duchess).

We love secret agents.

The romance of exotic locations, the excitement of the chase, the awesome gadgets.

So we have created a Top Secret Agent animatronic!

Your own Top Agent to break the ice with gorgeous Bond-girls! He also can stand guard at your party, club, office, he will work anywhere there may be a chance for adventure!

 

This Top Agent randomly raises his drinking arm (or whatever you want that hand to hold, both hands are pose-able) and randomly looks left and right to check for danger.

Power? No problem! 110 VAC US / Japan household power or EU standard 220 VAC is fine as well.

 

Hang on…what about your Bugatti? Is it protected while you fill it up at the petrol station? At night? You can actually take Top Agent’s torso off his legs and put him in your car. He plugs into your lighter-socket.

 

At home, in your car, your Top Agent is always on guard and ready to entertain, protect, and seduce women! Just plug him in.

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Animatronic Heads for Everybody!

 

We are finding that more and more students, kids, parents, people from nearly all age groups want to be involved in some kind of animatronic. Some want to play with animatronic robotic eyes, some want an arm, some a hand, and some want a whole robot.

But there is one barrier common to all:

Not many can afford animatronics.

The transition from a “toy” like the cool animatronic monkey head from years back to a full-on advanced PIDD controlled electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic animatronic robot is a HUGE leap. But some have such a passion for having an animatronic that they have bought that monkey, for example, hacked into it, and started re-wiring, re-programming, re-building the whole thing! That is a LOT of work!

We recognize the need, and know that right now EVERYBODY is on a budget. So why not make an in-between? An animatronic platform that you can immediately play with out of the box BUT also encourages you to get  in the guts of it, make new facial motions with more servos, plug in ANY controller you want and program it with simple codes or even stretch it to use complex computer vision algorithms.

 

Here it is: Mecha Hitsu Gen2

An Open-Source Animatronic Platform

 

Many skins are available for one animatronic skull

 

5 years in development and leveraging technologies and manufacturing processes we have recently discovered we have a way of giving you what you want at a decent price.

PLUS you can change the skins! No kidding. One skull, many faces.

Those of you out there making animatronics at a professional level know that we typically go the other way: start with the sculpt, then to the underskull, then mechanize. This is different, but the Mecha Hitsu Gen2 can be put to work immediately in your theme park, Halloween display, research labs, etc. No huge overhead costs, no long lead-time waiting for the custom sculpt, molding, scanning, modeling, cnc’ing, assembly and programming of a Custom Android.

We will be posting videos of the Mecha Hitsu Gen2 from clients that have made exceptional animatronic displays, research, demonstrations and more using their Mecha Hitsu Gen2 platform.

This is only the beginning…

How Great Movie Props Make Great Movies

 

When I see this I think of cool models, maybe some sets, maybe some small artifacts from Star Wars or Runaway or maybe Blade Runner that I might be lucky enough to collect.

Being a part of the worldwide special effects industry I have had some amazing luck in opportunities. One was being a member of Stan Winston’s Mechanical department during the making of “A.I. – Artificial Intelligence”.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Movie props were not simple for this film. I was specifically involved in the creation of the fully animatronic robots in this picture (along with a huge team of my childhood heroes, the 25 year veterans of Hollywood FX). “TV Face” (designed by Aaron Sims) and mechanically executed mostly by Christian Ristow was a truly untethered hydraulic remote controlled animatronic. While we created detailed animatronics and went to set with an armada of robots and support equipment, the “props” department arrived with more than stunning gear.

Haley Joel Osment with TV Face

Haley Joel Osment with TV Face

Most props were robotic. At least mechatronic (very little had any interaction with the environment autonomously). The latest in microcontrollers, LED technology, and fantastic mechanical design came together in each piece they created. It was not a simple computer generated (CG) effect. I was able to hold these things in my hands.

“Props” can have a simplistic connotation in most people’s minds. Even in current films, however, movie props can be more elegant and robotic than most watching those films at home realize.