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    Ive been trying to find out what type of controllers are used in animatronics. Are they PLC's, Stamps, Ect...

    For some reason I can not find anywhere that talks about this. I did see a brief view on a controller while watching one of the many halloween show on TV.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     

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    There are several different ways to control animatronics. It can be PC based or stand alone controllers. I personally use PC based control and have recently gotten into Basic stamps. Here is a brief list of products I have had experience with that may get you started. Hope this helps. If you browse the individual websites you'll find many more products.

    PC control software
    http://www.brookshiresoftware.com/vsa_overview.htm

    Servo controllers
    http://www.lynxmotion.com/Product.aspx?productID=395
    http://www.pololu.com/catalog/product/240
    http://www.seetron.com/ssc.htm
    http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots...%2cProductName

    Relay control
    http://www.electronickits.com/kit/co...lec/ck1601.htm (also known as the kit 74)

    Stand alone basic stamp components
    http://www.efx-tek.com/topics/prop-1.html
    http://www.efx-tek.com/topics/prop-2.html
    Last edited by spookineer; 02-13-2008 at 11:06 AM.
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    Also check out www.frightprops.com. They have all sorts of info on controllers, solenoid valves and pneumatics on their site.
    Kevin
    Sleepy Hollow Productions, LLC / Folklore Haunted House
     

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    I personally use all EFX-tek controllers.
    Brian Warner
    Owner of Evilusions www.EVILUSIONS.com
    Technical Director of Forsaken Haunted House www.Forsakenhaunt.com
    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

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    In addition to our BASIC Stamp-based products (Prop-1 and Prop-2), we offer the Prop-SX which uses the high-power SX28 chip -- the same chip that is the "brain" in all of our accessories (e.g., FC-4, AP-8, etc.).

    With the Prop-SX one is free to create high-power applications at a low price ($100, qty 1); things like lamp fading (in the middle of prop sequence), DMX and MIDI slaves, you can even use the Prop-SX as a smart node in a networked system. We're doing quite a lot with the Prop-SX, and more cool things are coming.

    Jon Williams
    EFX-TEK
    Last edited by JonnyMac; 02-23-2008 at 04:45 PM.
     

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