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    Halloween Project

    My wife and I have thrown an annual Halloween party for the past 5 years or so. We've borrowed a friends animatronics each year. This year we've decided to increase the spookiness. I found a paint ball sentry project that I thought might work well for an interactive animatronic. It uses a webcam to pickup motion and track movement. Today I built the turret, which I'll mount a mask on. For the fire button I'll wire in some LED's to light up the eyes of the mask. It has a list of mp3's that will be updated to sound snips from various movies.

    Here's a test run of the turret as I moved a pencil in and out of the view of the webcam...
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    This is gonna be a fun one to watch as it develops.
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    Friend of mine used to have (still does for all I know) a home built robotic spider name Igor. It used an old vacuum cleaner to inflate a bag, which supported a platform which housed a video camera and speaker. He would set it up for halloween, and the kids would have to talk to Igor, as well as a 'talking' Mailbox nearby, the mailbox had a mic and speaker in it as well, and we would do a 'crew' thing... couple of people running the spider & speaking for it and another on the 'mailbox', all operated from his living room.
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    Growing up we had some neighbors that had an annual cook-out. Each year we would help them prepare. One year my dad got inspiration from the following Charlie Douglas story...I'll let you get the idea from it...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hTVtUbhWs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Growing up we had some neighbors that had an annual cook-out. Each year we would help them prepare. One year my dad got inspiration from the following Charlie Douglas story...I'll let you get the idea from it...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hTVtUbhWs
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    ROFL!
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    my wife wanted to know what was so funny....
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    Very funny. I love to hear good story tellers.
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    That was PRICELESS, absolutely fantasticly funny. how great it was when we had radio and used to use our imagination. Great way to start the day. Thanks Darren.
    cheers

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