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Old 08-20-2011
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Hello everybody! Here is my now fully functional robot skeleton. He is not dressed up in his Grim Reaper outfit right now because I am still doing a few things with his mechanics, but here he is.



I started building him back in June 2010 and barely had enough done to kind of sort of have a technically somewhat functional project complete in time for Halloween of last year. Nothing went horribly wrong, but I knew that I had a lot more work to do.

Now that I have a functional remote control, all I have to do is push a button when kids show up and one of twenty-five Halloween-themed phrases will be spoken (each one gets a turn before cycling) along with random arm and head movements.

What do you think?

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Video?? Sounds like a SUPER Cool project. I'm sure I'm not the only one that will ask for a video.
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I already have videos of him in action. These were taken back in November 2010 in Nashville in response to a performance by Craig Ferguson (since the robot is my version of Geoff Peterson, the robot skeleton sidekick from his show). Back then, things were not even close to working they way they do now, but none the less...


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Cool!!!!
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Video?? Sounds like a SUPER Cool project. I'm sure I'm not the only one that will ask for a video.
I will try to record and post a video of his Halloween-related applications a bit later today...assuming I can find the cable that connects my video camera to my computer.

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Hey I like him a lot!
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From my YouTube description:
This is the Fergybot4000. He is my version of Geoff Peterson, the robot skeleton sidekick from "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".

In this video, I have programmed my robot for employment during the upcoming Halloween season. I plan to have him in a Grim Reaper costume which he is not wearing now while I fiddle some more with the mechanics. He will be standing on my front porch waiting for trick-or-treaters to arrive...and when they do, the fun begins!

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

All I have to do is push a button on his remote control and one of his twenty-five phrases will be spoken along with random arm and head movements. Each phrase gets a turn being spoken before cycling. I can also independently control body movements as well as the random ones generated in this video.

Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments. Enjoy!

List of phrases:
1) Please watch your step as you leave. I left a few dead bodies lying around out there.
2) I hope that jack-o-lantern you smashed wasn't anybody I knew.
3) Did you hear that noise? It came from over there.
4) I am dead. What are you supposed to be?
5) Sticks and stones will break my bones, but that's not going to stop me.
6) Are you not the same children that I ate last year?
7) You will see me again...in your dreams.
8) Candy is dandy, but lightning id frightening.
9) Dracula and Frankenstein are my neighbors. Who lives around here?
10) I am hungry. Will somebody get me some witch's brew?
11) Can I have some of your candy?
12) If I really scare you tonight, just wait until school tomorrow.
13) Yay! More victims...I mean, visitors.
14) Ancient spirits of evil are no match for your parents.
15) Do not be afraid. I only get mad when people ask me for candy.
16) I ate zombies for breakfast and I'll eat you for dinner.
17) Which one of you is volunteering for the sacrifice?
18) Have many of your friends mysteriously disappeared this evening?
19) My skin is crawling...and it's coming to get you!
20) Must have brains! It's a shame yours are not available.
21) You are so frightening, I jumped out of my skin.
22) You are the only thing scarier than me.
23) It's nice to get out of the coffin every once in a while.
24) Be warned! At the stroke of midnight, I will turn into a human.
25) Trick or treat? Are you sure there aren't any other options?

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Hey I like him a lot!
Thanks, man! No sooner did you comment, I posted a new video. Hope you like it as well.

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Nice job. What's the control system?
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A 20-button switch keypad is hooked up to an Axon II microcontroller which, in addition to the two servos, controls an MP3Trigger (audio source) which outputs to a Scary Terry servo driver board (to control the jaw) and outputs from there to the mini-amplifier. It also receives input via a Bluetooth antenna.

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