RE: [CalHauntSNorCal] Need Ideas For Animated Scarecrow Prop
- Okay so I think I have more of an idea about what I want to do for my first
complicated animated prop.
Big scarecrow on his uh,..cross..(happy Easter!!) with a talking pumpkin on
When someone comes close but not right under the scarecrow that would
trigger the talking pumpkin to do its spiel.
Then when they got right underneath it the scarecrow would trigger.
I'm thinking that for the scarecrows movement he could bend down from the
waist and his free arm (the one not holding the pumpkin) could reach forward
like it's trying to grab someone and he could trash about a bit like he's
trying to break the chains holding him down.
So, that's two cylinders probably that need to be controlled along with the
audio for the scare crow.
The talking pumpkin I think would need two separate audio tracks; a click
track to make his mouth move correctly that you don't hear and the actual
audio that you would hear.
A loooong time ago I remember seeing how-to's for turning the Dougy Firs
into talking tombstones but I cannot find the tutorial now?
As far as I know no one has ever turned the Dougies into a talking pumpkin?
Does anybody know if this has been done before?
Now, given the above, does that help anybody suggest a microprocessor?
[mailto:CalHauntSNorCal@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Daniel Neumansky
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:28 AM
To: CalHauntSNorCal@yahoogroups.com; Technical_Insanity@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CalHauntSNorCal] Need Ideas For Animated Scarecrow Prop
I was hoping that some of you would be inclined to help me spit ball some
ideas for animating my static scarecrow prop.
The prop is big, right up on our fence at the sidewalk and gets lots of
people coming in close to take a picture.
It looks like this.
or at night
The vague idea I have right now is.
I would like it if it had two different uh, behaviors.
I would somehow like it to know when a person is nearby but not right up
Then I would like it if it did some kind of subtle movement or sound that
would draw people in closer.
Then when they are right up next to it, it would do its 'big scare' whatever
that would be.
To this end I have a two stage microwave car alarm sensor that I would like
to use. You can adjust its two settings-close-far with trim pots and I
believe it would be ideal for this case.maybe.
I also have a large assortment of pneumatic cylinders/valves, long throw,
short throw and a decent range in-between.
I believe that this is going to require a programmable microprocessor.. The
MP that I've used and loved for years the OOPic is dead and gone and I need
advice for a replacement.
So, what do y'all think?
Do you have any thoughts on what the two actions could be?
Any thoughts on using a MW sensor?
Any thoughts on what a good microprocessor would be for this use?
Thanks so much,
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